"K" Obituaries of Montgomery County, IL
d. Sat. [22 OC 1977] at 12:15 pm Turtle Creek Convalesant Center Would have been 97 Wednesday [per his dau. 92 yrs]
b. Greece s/o Mr. and Mrs. Pete Kaskutas - retired coalminer
wife Lena d. 14 Mar. 1940 bur. Elmwood
survived by dau Mrs. Lucille Giachetti, 10 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren [News Herald, 24 Oct. 1977 Monday, page 6 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs. James Kaskutas age 45 of Gillespie d. 14 Mar. 1940 at St. Francis Hospital from pneumonia.
b. 25 Dec. 1894 in Peoria IL -- lived in Gillespie 25 years; par. John and Lena (Williams) Kruse
[News Herald, 15 Mar. 1940 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Word was received yesterday byi Mrs B R Neel of the death of her uncle, Mr A T Keithley of Dixon IL. He formerly lived here and will be remembered by the older residents. Andrew Thomas Keithley was born in Greenville IN Feb 7, 1847. In 1857, he came with his parents to Litchfield where he grew to manhood. While here he took an active part in all civic affairs, serving as alderman of what is now the fourth ward. He was a member of the Masonic faternity and Universal Church. In 1892, he moved to Dixon, IL, where he has since successfully operated the Keithley Gardens. He was married to Miss Emma Litchfield Bacon who with two sons, Wm. Enos and Andrew Thomas Jr, survive. Mr Keithley was a man of a retiring quiet nature, with a lofty sense of honor. His keen conscience and high ideals are the sterling qualities which have endeared him to those who knew him best. Funeral services will be held Wed, June 8 at 2:30 pm from the home of Judge Harry C Stuttle with Dr J S Cock officiating. [Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, June 6, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Cindy Kessinger - Graveside services for Cindy Kay Kessinger will be conducted at 11 am Tuesday in Elmwood Cemetery by the Rev Robert Mallicoat of Jacksonville. No visitation will be held.
Mrs Kessinger died at 5:30 pm Friday, October 1, 1993 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She was 40 years old last December 9. Daughter of Henry and Betty Kruse Maynard, she was born in Highland and graduated from Greenville high school in the class of 1969. She married Michael Lee Kessinger on May 14, 1981, in Litchfield. He died last July 17. She was employed at McKay Auto Parts of Litchfield.
Surviving are her parents, Henry "Hank" and Betty Maynard of Litchfield, and a sister Christine wife of Lynn McNamara of Auburn. [News Herald, date not noted - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
An Irving Lady Dead - Mrs Margaret Kessler of Irving died this morning at the State Hospital in
Jacksonville where she had been confined for a year… She is the wife of Jacob Kessler and was 40 years of age. Her maiden name was Margaret McBride. She was born at Morrisonville and has been a resident of Irving for twenty years. She leaves her husband, one sister, Mrs Bess Hess of Los Angeles, CA, and two brothers, Roy of Peoria and Robert of Idaho. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Monday, July 11, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
The Kessler Funeral - The funeral services over the remains of the late Mrs Jacob Kessler will be held at Irving on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the first M E Church in that city. Rev Winkler will officiate. Burial will be at Irving. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Tuesday, July 12, 1927]
Card of Thanks from Mrs Mary Ellen Kinder and family for assistance during our late bereavement. [Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, July 1, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Ex-Mayor Wm J King Died at His Home this Morning - aged 63-10-26
William J King was born at Bunker Hill on Sep 27, 1863, and following year with his parents became residents of Litchfield remaining here til 1871 when they moved to Belleville where Mr King attended school and graduated from the Franklin School in 1877. In the Fall of that year the family moved to St Louis where Mr King attended commercial school . In 1882, he engaged in general merchantile business in Reno Bond Co. On Mar 9, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Georgia A McFarland of Bond Co. In 1887, he moved to this city and for many years was engaged in the carpenter trade. In 1891 he opened a real estate office and continued in that business until the time of his death. He served as Mayor of the Ccity of Litchfield for two terms ….Mrs King died in 1919. A few years afterward, he was united in marriage to Mrs Clara B Allen who with the following children by his first wife survive: Columbus of this city, Varner of Nokomis, Mrs Harvey Roberts and Walter of Skyomish WA, George and harry of Detroit MI, and the following step children, two step sons Granderson and George Allen and four step grandchildren Clara, Lucile, Jeane, Jerry and Joseph Allen. One sister, Mrs William Mailiff of this city also survives…. [Litchfield Daily Union, Saturday, August 13, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Funeral services for the late W J King will be held at the Masonic Temple on Wednesday afternoon… [Litchfield Daily Union, August 15, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Alton Girl Dies at the Hospital
Miss Berneine Knowlson aged 14 years, daughter of Mr and Mrs Hale Knowlson of Alton, who was brot to St Francis hospital a week ago tonight and operated upon for appendicitis, died at the institution at 8:25 Thursday night. She was in a serious condition when removed to the hospital, the appendix having bursted.
She was born at New Douglas and where the remains were sent to the home of an aunt. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church with burial in New Douglas.
Besides the bereaved parents, two brothers and two sisters survive. The Knowlson's are cousins of Mrs C A Ritchie of Van Buren street. [Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, April 29, 1927 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Service for Gerald P Konneker, of Carlinville, will be held at 10:30 am Thursday in Davis-Anderson Funeral Home there with the Rev John Curtis officiating. Cremation will follow the service.
Mr Konneker died at 2:46 am Tuesday, September 29, 1998, in St Johns Hospital, Springfield. He was 68 years old on July 29, and an Air Force veteran of the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and later managed the Carlinville Elks Club. He was a member of the Rural Methodist Church near Carlinville. He was born in Carlinville, a son of Paul C and Grace Harkey Konneker. He married Norma Owens in 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Steven and Kevin Konneker, both of Springfield, Robert Konneker of Carlinville; a daughter, Cindy Verton of Gillespie; step daughters Carol White of Boise Idaho, Pamela Kluthe of Edwardsville; step son, Richard Ruhkick of Fairbanks Alaska; a sister, Eleanor Bain and husband Wayne of Carlinville; and several grandchildren. Other survivors in the local area include nieces, Gayle Hanafin, Linda Wright and a nephew, Robert Bain, all of Litchfield. [Litchfield News Herald, Wed, 30 Sept 1998 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Carlinville - Services for Grace G Konneker, 88, of Carlinville were conducted Thursday afternoon in the Rural Methodist Church, with burial in Rural Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the church.
Litchfield relatives of Mrs Konneker include three grandchildren, Mrs. James (Linda) Wright, Mrs. John (Gayle) Hanafin, and Robert Bain. Mrs. Konneker died Tuesday, June 27, 1989, at 5:34 am in Carlinville Area Hospital. Born April 10, 1901, in Shaws Point Township near Carlinville, she was a daughter of Frank and Ida (Karrick) Harkey. She married Paul C Konneker Sept 20, 1923 at Carlinville and he survives. In addition to her husband at Carlinville and grandchildren in Litchfield, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Eleanor) Bain, and one son, Gerald Paul Konneker, both of Carlinville, with nine grandchildren, 14 great grand-children, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. [Montgomery Co News, 6 July 1989 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Deaths - In Memoriam
In loving memory of our dear brother, Arthur Kotterhenrich, who departed this life one year ago today, Aug 18, 1911…Mother, Father, Brothers, and Sisters [paper and date unknown - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Benjamin "Ben" Kruse of419 East Ryder will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in Ross Funeral Home by the Rev Robert W Mallicoat, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call today from 3 until 5 pm and from 7 until 9 pm.
Mr Kruse, who would have been 75 on Oct 8, died Monday night [24 SE 1973] at 7:45 o'clock in St Francis hospital where he was admitted at 6:30 pm from the Virden nursing home following an illness of several years. Born at Moro, son of Johann and Wilhelmina Wilhelm Kruse, he came with them to Litchfield as a child. He was employed as car inspector by the Wabash railroad for 39 years, retiring in 1957. His wife, the former Belvia Parrott of Litchfield, whom he married here May 6, 1916, died March 31, 1962. Surviving are three sons and three daughters, John, San Francisco, CA; James [called "Rusty"], Mrs Betty [Hank] Maynard, and Miss Dolores Kruse, all of Litchfield; George, Virden; and Mrs Charlene [Vern] Fosnaugh, Springfield, with 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Benjamin, and three sisters, Mrs Lena [James] Kaskutas, Gillespie; Mrs Anna [Ray] Harkey, Litchfield; and Mrs Minnie Ray [I have her name as Mrs William Gorman], New York City. [The News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Sep 24, 1973 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
BENNIE KRUSE, INFANT CHILD, PASSES AWAY
Little Bennie Kruse Jr. 15 mos. d. 2:15 this morning s/o Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kruse grandparents Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Parrott, Litchfield father works for Wabash RR
drank small amount of moriatic acid, later sickening and then pneumonia set in
survived by children, Lucille, Henry, Harold -- brother, Ben Kruse -- sister, Mrs. Ray Harkey -- Sister, Mrs. William Gorman died in New York City a year ago. [News Herald, 1 Feb. 1919 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
George Kruse - Services for George A Kruse, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday in Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, with the Rev Mark Richison officiating. Burial will be in the Virden Cemetery with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 386. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm today in the funeral home.
Mr Kruse died at 3:30 am Thursday, March 7, 2002, in St John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 72 years old on August 26, and an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He owned an auto dealership, George Kruse, Inc, from 1958 to 1988. He went to work as a salesman for Freedom Chevrolet in Virden in 1988 and continued to work there at the time of his death. He was a member of the Union Avenue Christian church of Litchfield, former director of the Illinois New Car and Truck Dealers Association, and a former member of American Legion Post 386 of Virden.
He was born in Litchfield, a son of Benjamin J and Belvia V Parrott Kruse, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1948. He married Eilene Lowder on June 12, 1965, in Waverly; she survives. Surviving also are sons, George D Kruse and wife Carol of Girard, Daniel E Sabo of Virden, Gary E Kruse of Springfield; daughters, Cynthia H Sabo of Springfield, Kathy J Kruse of Modesto, Julie A Richison and husband Mark of Mt Carmel, Dee Kruse of Auburn; sisters, Betty M Maynard and husband Henry, Delores J Kruse all of Litchfield; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers, John A Kruse, James P "Rusty" Kruse, and infancy, Benjamin Kruse; sister, Charlene B Fosnaugh; and a grandson, Thomas John "TV" Quarton. [News Herald, Wednesday, 8-9 March 2002 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Kruse, James "Rusty"
Rusty Kruse - James Parrott "Rusty" Kruse, operator of Kruse Auto Salvage for 46 years, died at 7:40 this morning, Friday, March 14, 1997, in St Francis Hospital. Mr Kruse, 76 years old on January 23, was a life member and past commander of Litchfield VFW Post 3912. A veteran of World War II, he served in Both the Navy and the Army. While in the Army, he was a paratrooper in the European Theatre. He was also a member of the Litchfield Country Club. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Benjamin and Belvia Parrott Kruse. He married Rosemary Laverne Jackson on August 13, 1958, in Monticello, Ind. She survives. Surviving also are sons, James P Kruse and wife Becky of Farmersville, John A Kruse and wife Valerie of Litchfield, E Scott Kruse and wife Toi of Litchfield; a daughter Robin Degler and husband Mike of Litchfield; brother, George Kruse of Virden; sisters, Betty Maynard and husband Henry of Litchfield, Charlene Fosnaugh and husband LaVern of Springfield, Delores Kruse of Litchfield; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Timothy in infancy; a brother, John A Kruse and an infant brother, Benjamin. The family will receive friends in the Plummer Funeral Home on Monday from 5 to 8 pm. Services will be held at 11 am Tuesday in the funeral home with the Revs Paul Carter of Irving and Robert Mallicoat of Jacksonville officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery with full military honors. [News Herald, 14 Mar 1997 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for John Allen Kruse formerly of Litchfield, were conducted in South San Francisco, CA, March 17, in the receiving chapel at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, CA. Mr Kruse, who would have been 74 next April 25, died Monday, March 15  at Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco CA. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Benjamin and Belva Parrott Kruse. He married Angela Nastari on June 5, 1943. Before moving to CA in 1954, he was active in Kruse Auto Salvage. He was employed by Atlas Heating Company in South San Francisco, CA, and was a member of Plumbers Local 38 for 39 years. A WWII Navy veteran, he is survived by his wife, Angela, of South San Francisco, a son Benjamin Kruse, Martinez CA, Two daughters, Diane w/o Norman Petterson of South San Francisco and Charlotte w/o Al Ryland, Vallejo, CA. Also surviving are two brothers, Rusty Kruse, Litchfield, and George Kruse, Virden, and three sisters, Betty w/o Henry Maynard and Delores Kruse both of Litchfield and Charlene w/o Vernon Fosnaugh, Springfield, and four grand-children, and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother Benjamin Kruse Jr. [News Herald, Monday, 22 March 1993 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]