"L" Obituaries of Montgomery County, IL
Litchfield Monitor, Saturday, 20 Apr 1878, Pg 1 Col 1
James LaForce, who died Saturday evening last, was buried on Monday afternoon, the pall-bearers being six young men of about his own age, the most of whom had been intimate with him from boyhood.
W LaForce, Ill Several Years, Died - William LaForce, a Litchfield resident his entire life and one of the best know citizens of this city, passed away at 9:15 o'clock Sunday night at his home on East Union Avenue. He was 60 years old.
An illness, which has extended over the past several years, caused by a nervous disorder, was responsible for his death. His condition grew worse a week ago, and he had been in critical condition for several days preceding his death.
William LaForce was born in Litchfield June 25, 1869; his parents being James LaForce and Susan Clearwater. His boyhood and young manhood were spent in this city and he had a position with the Litchfield Coal Company. In later years, he lived in various places through the west and central states.
He served in the Spanish-American War with Co K of the 4th Ill, being second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and adjutant, going with the company to Cuba. A sever attack of typhoid fever compelled his resignation.
Nov 4, 1902, he married in Detroit to Miss Mabel Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M M Martin of Litchfield. He was at one time president of the Litchfield Foundry and Machine Company and was a member of the BVPO Elks, Antlers' Club, Chamber of Commerce, and a director of the Arco Country Club. He was one of the earnest and efficient workers in the many drives for sale of federal loan bonds in the World War. Besides his wife, he leaves one sister, Grace LaForce Gengerka of Decatur and an uncle, Nepoleon Clearwater of this city; brother, Perry LaForce of Decatur; and a half brother, Arthur Munden of Chicago. Services will be held at the home, 219 E Union Ave, at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. It is requested that no flowers be sent. [Litchfield News Herald, Monday, 28 Oct 1929, Pg 1 Col 6 - Lynn Boyd Reener]
Funeral service Wednesday… The remains are at the Bass Funeral Home in Hillsboro where the funeral service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00. The Rev. DENTON will be the officiant. Burial will be made in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro.
Before her marriage, Mrs. LANG was Emily Louisa PADDOCK, a daughter of the late William and Letitia (BARLOW) PADDOCK of Hillsboro where she was born on December 2, 1883. At her death, she was 65 years, 6 months, and 10 days old. Her father, William PADDOCK, a Civil War veteran, and her mother, who was reared at Walshville, both were members of pioneer families of this county. Her father was a son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Abraham PADDOCK of Sussex County, New Jersey, who came to live in Hillsboro in 1851.
On September 10, 1902 she was married to Ora L. LANG, son of the late Mr. And Mrs. John LANG of Hillsboro and nearly ------- their married life of more than 46 years was spent in this community, except for short periods when they lived in Missouri and elsewhere in this state. Mr. and Mrs. LANG became parents of one of the largest families in the county. 13 children having been born to them, 8 of them are surviving. Mrs. LANG was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Schram City, Ill.
Surviving the deceased are her husband and the following children:
Surviving also are 27 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. William PADDOCK, the
father of the deceased, died September 19, 1915 and Mrs. Letitia PADDOCK, her mother, died more than 15 years ago.
She was preceded in death also by a brother, Byron PADDOCK, 2 sisters, and a half-brother. Arthur PADDOCK,
the son of William PADDOCK and his 1st wife, Louisa M. (HOLDERREAD) PADDOCK. One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth P.
MAYFIELD of Chestnut, in northern Illinois, also survives.
[Montgomery News (Monday) – June 6, 1949. Contributed by Karen Brookfield]
Earl R Law Sr, 70, of 1845 S 17th St, died at 4:20 am Friday [d. 18 NO 1983] at St John's Hospital North.
He was born in Litchfield, the son of William and Leeta Parnell Law. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen, in 1974, and five brothers, Freddie, Gerald, Alvin, Marion and Junior. Surviving are two sons, Earl Jr of Springfield and Mark Anthony of Three Rivers MI; four daughters, Mrs Kenneth (Janice) Morrow and Mrs Rodney (Margaret) Forsyth both of Springfield, Mrs Mike (Sharon) Barrone of Three Rivers MI and Mrs Roy (Linda) Wyatt of Peoria; seven brothers, Milburne and Jack both of Litchfield, Bill of Mobile [think s/b Moberly] MO, Ivan of Hillsboro, Leonard and Charles both of Joliet and Jim of Butler, two sisters, Myron Reener of Litchfield and Ida Jane Sauerbrunn of Almstead [Olmstead?]; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 am Monday at Bisch Memorial Home with the Rev Jim Hibbett officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. - [paper and date unknown - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs Eileen Ruth Law, 55, of RR2 Rochester, died at 2:45 Tuesday [ d. OC 1974] at her residence. Mrs Law, a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, was employed at Fink's Cleaners. Surviving are her husband, Earl; two sons, Mark at home and Earl Jr of Springfield; four daughters, Mrs Kenneth (Janice) Morrow of Springfield, Mrs Michael (Sharon) Barrone of Three Rivers MI, Mrs Margaret Forsyth of Caro, MI, and Mrs Linda Wyatt of Peoria; her mother Mrs Margaret Canham, and 11 grandchildren. Services will be at 10 am Friday at Bisch Memorial Home. Rev Keith Eilers will officiate and burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. [paper and date unknown - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Gerald A Law of 120 E Sargent st, machinist at Wikomi Mfg Co here died this morning at 8:22 o'clock in St Francis hospital where he had been a patient since Dec 31. Mr Law, 57 last Oct 29 and a native of Litchfield had resided here all is life except for army service during WWII in the European theatre of operations. He was a son of William and Leeta Parnell Law and married Helen Klepper on March 23 1946 at Hillsboro. She survives. He also leaves a step son, Fred Dixon of Litchfield, with six step grandchildren. His step mother, Mrs Lillie Law of Joliet; five brothers, Rauly, Ivan, and Milburn, all of Litchfield; Roscoe of Springfield and George of Lafayette IN; two half-sisters, Mrs Roy Reener of Litchfield and Mrs Ida Jane Sauerburnn of Olmstead and three half brothers, James Law of Litchfield and William Leonard Law and Charles Law of Joliet also survive. A stepson, Charles Dixon and two brothers, Fred and Alvin Law, preceded him in death.
He was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post and Raymond Methodist church. Friends may call after 2 pm Thursday at Gerlt-Meinschein funeral home where services will be conducted Friday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev LaVon Baylor, pastor of St Timothy Methodist church. Burial will be in Warden city cemetery [News Herald, 16 January 1973 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Helen Ann Law, 86, of Litchfield, will be held at 1 pm Thursday in Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt Olive, with the Rev Gary Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Warden Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday in the funeral home from 11 am until the time of service. Mrs Law died at 4:01 pm Monday, March 21, 2005, in St Francis Hospital. She was 86 years old on October 16. She was born in Litchfield Twp, a daughter of John Albert and Bertha May Westbrook Klepper and attended Butler schools. She married Charles Dixon in 1936; they later divorced. She married Gerald Law in 1946; he died Jan 16, 1973. Surviving are a son Fred Dixon and wife Cindy of Litchfield; sister, Augusta Estell of CA, Betty Comer of Decatur; five grandchildren, Bunny Sies and husband Kelly of Litchfield, Lisa Kessler of Litchfield, Tammy Beaudreau and husband Jerry of Columbia; Karen Durbin and husband Keith of Coffeen, Mike Dixon and wife Becky of Hillsboro; and 17 great grandchildren, Cyndi, Melody, and Ben Sies, Tashia Travis and Blayne Kessler, Taylor, Savanna, and Jake Beaudreau, Ryan and Keith Phillips, Corey, Annett, Michael, Jerrod, and Teah Dixon and Brandy Huber and six great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Charles Dixon who died in 1954; sisters, Susie Klepper, Alice Marsh; brothers, Albert, Fred, and Harry Klepper; and a great great grandson, Brayden Leroy Kessler on July 22, 2004. [News Herald, 23 Mar 2005 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Chesterfield - Jesse James Law, 63, passed away Monday, Oct 6, 2008, at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was born Nov 1, 1944 in Litchfield to the late William and Lilly Whitman Law. Jesse worked for the IL Central RR for 36 years as a machine operator, retiring in 1999. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 475 out of Walshville for 21 years. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Kay of Chesterfield; a daughter, Jessie and Husband, Leland Brock, two grandchildren, Jamie and James Brock, and a great-grandchild, Kaylynn, all of Cutler; a son, Joe Brown and his wife, Georgia and two grandchildren, Joey and Tori Brown, all of Cottage Hills; a daughter Linda Law and fiancé, James Davis and his two daughters, Rebecca and Vera, of Chesterfield; a grandson, Bobby Lindsey of Goreville; a daughter, Tonya Dugan, two grandchildren, Brandon and Samantha Dugan; and a great-grandaughter, Jayden, all of Bethalto; granddaughter, Amber Dugan of Paris, TN; three brothers; a sister; and numerous nieces and nephews. Eleven brothers; a son-in-law, Douglas C Dugan; and special friends Rob Lytle and Allen Hughes preceded him in death. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday, Oct 7, 2008, at Targhetta and Wooldridge Funeral Home in Medora with Masonic services at 7:30 pm
Funeral services will begin at 10 am Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Keller Cemetery. Pastor Mike Bates will officiate. Paullbearers are Brandon Dugan, Tyler Lytle, Joey Brown, Glen and Corey Suttles, and Bobby Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers are Melba Klekamp, James Brock, James Davis, Kari Suttles, and Jamie Brock. [State Journal Register, 7 Oct 2008 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for John Wesley "Little John" Law, 27, of Litchfield will be held at 11 am Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev Jim Brown, pastor of Radiant Life Worship Center in Litchfield and Brother Ed Diveley, pastor of Southside Church in Litchfield will officiate. Burial will be in Wares Grove Cemetery in rural Butler. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home.
Mr Law died at 10:20 pm Saturday, May 27, 2006 in his home. He was 27 years old on October 18. After graduating from Litchfield High School in 1996, he attended ITT Technical Institute in Earth City MO, and graduated with an associate degree in Electronics Engineering. He was employed as assistant warehouse manager by Ultimate Electronics in Bridgeton MO He was a member of Radiant Life Worship Center in Litchfield. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, playing hockey, golf, and drums. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of David Dean and Vicki Jo Pipkin Law. He married Brandy Lynn Cowley on January 1, 2004, in Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis; she survives. Surviving also are a daughter Adrienne Hughes of Litchfield; mother, Vicki Jo Law of Litchfield; father and step mother, David Dean Law and wife Chris of Raymond; sister, Julie Law of Litchfield; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Law of Litchfield. Others surviving include a nephew, Ryan Strasser of Litchfield; and his bone marrow donor, Todd Castagno and wife, Debbie, of Grantsville, UT. Preceding him in death were his maternal grand parents, John and LaVonne Pipkin; and paternal grandfather, Earl Wesley Law Sr. [News Herald, Tuesday, 30 May 2006 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Melbourne Eugene "Cotton" Law, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 am Monday in the Walshville Baptist Church with the Rev Oley Lawson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Sorento. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Sunday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Walshville Baptist Church.
Mr Law died at 12:41 pm Tuesday, Feb 26, 2002, in St Francis Hospital. He was 80 years old on October 22, and an Army veteran of WWII. [Recipient of a Silver Star for gallantry in action and a Purple Heart merit award.] He worked for the Norfolk and Western RR for 32 years before retiring as a foreman in 1981. He was a member of the Walshville Baptist Church and Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634.
He was born in Witt, a son of William Leonard and Leeta Parnell Law. He married Nora Belle Jarman on July 20, 1962, in Hillsboro; she survives. Surviving also are a son, Lonnie Law and wife, Ruth, of Litchfield; daughters, Leeta Odle and husband, Harry; Rita Bryant and husband, Steven; Jane Caudle and husband, Donald, all of Litchfield; Georgia Rabich and husband, Burt; Melba Klekamp and husband, Russell, all of Waggoner; brothers, Jack Law and wife, Betty, of Litchfield; George Law and wife, Hazel, of Moberly MO; Jim Law and wife, Kay, of Cottage Hills; Leonard Law of Joliet; Charles Law of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Ida Sauerburn and husband, Harold, of Olmstead; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Others surviving include a daughter in law, Debbie Jones of Taylor Springs. Preceding him in death were sons, Daniel and Gerald Law; brothers, Junior, Roscoe "Bud", Alfred, Ivan, Fred, and Alvin Law; a sister, Myron Reener; and a great grandson, Cody Westbrook. [News Herald, ??FE 2002 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
William Laws Shot to Death on CB&Q Train in Litchfield
A three pronged investigation was underway today in the killing of William Everett Laws Jr whose dead body was taken from a Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy coal train at Bushnell Saturday about noon time.
Young Laws was shot to death as he road the train through Litchfield Friday night [d. 28 DE 1934] about 10 o'clock. The body of the lad was seen as the train passed through Beardstown.
….More than 150 shot gun pellets were removed from the torso alone….
William Laws Jr, accompanied by an older brother, George, known as Bud, started his fatal ride at the farmer's elevator Friday night between 9:30 and 10 o'clock. They had been visiting a half-sister, Mrs Myron Reener, who resides on East Columbia street and spent the evening playing cards and listening to the radio.
When they decided to go home, they "Hopped" the Burlington coal train at the Farmer's elevator to ride to their home, which is on Main street, along side the Burlington tracks, north of Ferdon street. The trains slow down to take on water at the tank about three blocks north of the Texaco filling station. George got off the train at the Ferdon street crossing. William was on a coal car several lengths back. George saw the younger boy on the coal hopper, he said yesterday, as the car passed under a street light. He went on home to bed, he said, and when Junior did not come home he thought the lad had decided to go on to visit an aunt in Virden. He said the boy had talked during the day of going to Virden.
….Apparently the boy had been killed at close range and a sawed off shot gun was used. Two charges were sent into the body and the car on which the body was found was spattered with pellets. More than 300 pellets were removed from the body by the Bushnell undertaker….
William Laws Jr was born in Litchfield and would have been 17 years of age next March. He attended the junior high school in the seventh grade. Surviving are the parents, Mr and Mrs William Laws Sr, six brothers, Rosco [Earl Roscoe Law], George, Halford [Gerald Alford Law], Ivan [Wilbur Ivan], Eugene [Milbourne Eugene "Cotton" Law], and Rolla [Rauly A Law] and a sister, Mrs Myron Reener [Myron Cloud w/o Roy Reener].
Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev J T Dougherty officiating. Interment will be made in Elmwood cemetery. [The Litchfield News Herald, Monday, 31 Dec 1934 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
[Note: The coroner's jury in Bushnell urged murder charges for the slayer; but, they did not establish who that person was.]
Services for Wilbur Ivan Law of Hillsboro, formerly of Litchfield and Raymond, will be held Sat afternoon at 2 o'clock in Meinschein funeral home with the Rev Harry C Meyer, pastor of First Christian church, Hillsboro, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. Friends may call today between 5 and 9 pm. The Moose ritual will be held at 7:30 pm.
Mr Law, 64 last March 30, died Thursday [d. 18 OC 1984] at 11:15 am on the Kline farm in rural Hillsboro, following an apparent heart attack. According to authorities he was found in the pasture by Warren Hall 125 feet west of 800 E on the farm where he had been picking walnuts. Born in Litchfield, a son of the late William and Leeta Parnell Law, he married Mary Tinsman here on Jan 23, 1944. They resided in Raymond before going to Hillsboro 15 years ago. He was a signal maintenance worker for the Wabash railroad, retiring 13 years ago. He had also worked at A O Smith Co, Granite City, and S F Kennedy Co, Taylorville.
Besides his wife, Mary, he is survived by a son, William A Law of Harvel and a daughter, Vera Jean, wife of Richard L Moler of Lexington Park, MD with five grandchildren. He also leaves six brothers and two sisters, George of MO, Melbourne, Rauly "Jack", and Myron, wife of Roy Reener, all of Litchfield, William Leonard and Charles of Joliet, Jesse James of Benld, and Ida Jane, wife of Harold Sauerbrunn of Olmsted. Preceding him in death were four brothers, William Jr, Alvin M, Gerald A, and Roscoe, a stepbrother, Fred Law, and his stepmother, Mrs Lillie Law. [ News Herald, Weekend, October 19-20, 1984 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Charles L Laws
Donnellson Man Dead - Hillsboro Pioneer is Dead
Two Prominent Citizens of the County Are Dead
Charles L Laws an aged resident of near Donnellson passed away at his home this morning after an extended illness of heart disease. He was married to Mary S Tayor in 1867 who survives with the following children: Lena, wife of State's Attorney Frank Ramey; William J Laws of Donnellson; Miss Camilla Laws of Chicago; Marian of Donnellson. Mr Laws was a member of the Donnellson Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements were not complete today. [Litchfield Daily Union, Wednesday, July 13, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Funeral services over the remains of the late Charles Laws of Donnellson were conducted at 2:30 this afternoon at the Presbyterian Church at Donnellson, Rev E P Gilchrist officiated. Interment was made in the Donnellson Cemetery. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Fri, 15 July 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Card of Thanks
We wish to extend our most grateful thanks to the many relatives and friends who aided us in any way during our late bereavement the death of Mrs Agnes Bennett Lawson. Especial thanks are due those who furnished cars and sent floral offerings [Litchfield Daily Union, Thursday, May 3, 1928 submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Delia May Leach, 70, Dies in St Mary's
Delia May Leach, 70, widow of John D Leach, 423 East King Street, died in St Mary's hospital at 12:30 pm yesterday. She was the daughter of Peter and Evaline Lynch, born in Waggoner, IL, April 21, 1874. Mr Leach and she were married in Hillsboro, March 4, 1895. They moved here from Atwater IL 31 years ago. he died March 30, 1940. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs Lola Fay Orey and Gladys Evaline Landgrebe, both of Decatur; a son Pfc Harry Wayne Lynch, with the army in the Philippines; a sister, Mrs Hattie Harkey of Raymond IL. There are eight grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. For 27 years Mrs Leach had lived at 348 East Marietta Street. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:30 pm in the Free Methodist church. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery. Friends may call at the Dawson & Wikoff funeral home after 2 pm today. [unknown paper, handwritten - died Dec 5, 1944 - submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
John Lessman, the nine year old son of Mr and Mrs Edward Lessman of near Raymond, died on Tuesday morning of this week after suffering almost a week with lockjaw. The case developed as a result of the boy running a splinter in his foot three weeks ago. The splinter was removed at the time and the wound was dressed and nothing serious was looked for. Every possible remedy was used to save him but without effect, and death ensued Tuesday, Nov 1, 1910. The deceased was nine years, three months, and twenty-three days of age at the time of his death, and he leaves besides his bereaved parents, three brothers and two sisters. The funeral was held Thursday Morning at ten o'clock at Blue Mound church nine miles northwest of Hillsboro, Rev Ezra Keller officiating. The remains were laid to rest at Asbury cemetery. [paper and date unknown - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
George Lewis Is Dead
George Lewis formerly of Farmersville and a brother of Charley Lewis of that place died in Montana. The body will be shipped back to East St Louis for burial. [Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, 14 July 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]
Ex-Resident Dies After Major Surgery [name misspelled in obit]
Claude H Lindley, 77 of Villa Park, a retired carpenter and native of the Hillsboro community, died Friday at 7 pm at a hospital in Elmhurst. He had undergone a major surgical operation at 11 am Friday and he failed to revive from the shock of the operation. Funeral services were held today at 10 am at a funeral home in Elmhurst and burial was made in Elmhurst cemetery.
He was born in 1884 on a farm southwest of Hillsboro, one of eight children of Mr and Mrs John S Lindley. He was married in early life to Frankie Major of Hillsboro and she died 3 years ago. The Lindley family lived here until the mid 1920's when they lived in Florida for a time before moving to Elmhurst in 1927. Surviving him are four children, Harvey and Opal at home, Mrs Mildred Tiffany of St Charles and Mrs Thelma Peterson of Villa Park. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs Bertha Cannon of Decatur and Mrs Emma Roach of Hillsboro. Three brothers and two sisters have died. [The News Herald, Litchfield IL, 26 Jan 1962 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
RITES WEDNESDAY EUGENE LINDLY RETIRED FARMER
Services for Eugene Lindly retired South Litchfield farmer and Edgewood resident since 1946, who died Monday at St. Francis Hospital will be Wed. afternoon at 2:00 in Gerlt Funeral Home.
Rev. Ernest F. Baker pastor of the Union Ave. Christian Church will officiate and burial will be in Harts Cemetery southeast of Litchfield.
Mr. Lindly was 80 last Oct. 5. He entered the hospital 28 days ago and expired at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
A native of Madison Co. son of John and Mary Elizabeth Willoughby Lindly he moved to south Litchfield as a young man. He was a member of the Walshville Christian Church.
Surviving are his wife the former Roxanna Corlew whom he married Oct 12, 1892 at Hillsboro, three daughters and two sons--Mabel Varner, Litchfield; Erma Green, Decatur; Leone Beal, Hillsboro; Harry Lindly, Harvel and Otto Lindly, address unknown.
He also leaves three sisters--Bertha Cannon, Litchfield; Effie Barlow, Walshville; Emma Roach, Hillsboro; and two brothers--George Lindly, Donnellson; Claude Lindly of Ville Park; nine grand children and 7 great grand children.
Two sons John and James, in infancy, a brother Jess of Herrin and his sister, Mrs Maude Edwards of Decatur preceded him in death.
The body will lie in state at the funeral home.
[News Herald, Litchfield IL, June 10, 1952- Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Geo Lindly, Once of Walshville, Succumbs at 82
George O Lindly of Donnellson retired St Louis streetcar motorman, died Friday [d. 1 MR 1957] night at 8:05 o'clock in Hillsboro hospital. He was 82 years old last Oct 24. A son of the late John and Mary Willoughby Lindly, he was born in Madison county and reared near Walshville. He went to St Louis in 1910 and there married Naomi Coker, Nov 14, 1914. She died Oct 14, 1954. They had moved to Donnellson in 1942 after retiring. Two children, Mrs John Cross, Tulsa, OK and George C Lindly, St Louis; a brother, Claude Lindly, Chicago; three sisters, Mrs Bertha Cannon, Decatur, formerly of Litchfield; Mrs Effie Barlow, Smithboro; and Mrs Emma Roach of Hillsboro; and two grandchildren survive. Services will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Donnellson Presbyterian church. Rev Howard Janssen, pastor of Hillsboro Presbyterian church will officiate and interment will be in Donnellson cemetery. The body lies in state at Bass funeral home at Hillsboro. [The News Herald, Litchfield, IL, date unknown - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Harry E Lindly, 86 of Virden died at 6:20 am Sunday at his residence.
He was born in Hillsboro on Oct 16, 1903, the son of Lucious Eugene and Roxanne Corlew Lindly. Moving from Farmersville to Virden in 1956, Mr Lindly was a farmer, a section hand on the Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad, and a maintenance man for Virden School District No 4 and State Bank of Virden before retiring in 1982.
He was a member of Prairie Temple Church of Virden. His first wife, Jaunita Stamm, died in 1971. He married Grace Nichols in 1972.
Preceding him in death were a son Virgil, in 1982, one brother, Otto, and three sisters, Mabel Varner, Leone Beal and Irma Green.
In addition to his wife, surviving are one daughter, Delores Reed of Taylorville; two stepdaughters, Cheryl James of Springfield and Edrie Bednar of Scottsdale AZ; three grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 10 step grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 am Tuesday at Berry Funeral Home, Virden with the Rev Randol Mercer and Rev Hal Simkins officiating. Burial will be in Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Loami.
[State Journal Register, 19 Mar 1990 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lindly, Harry Eugene - News Herald, 19 Mar 1990
Services for Harry E Lindly of Virden, formerly of Hillsboro, will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock in Berry Funeral Home, Verden, by Rev Randol Mercer and Rev Hal Simpkins, with burial in Sulphur Springs Cemetery at Loami…. - same info as above obit
Jess Lindly, Once Litchfield Resident, Dead, Herrin Age at death 67. Born in Summerfield, St Clair Co IL Surviving: one daughter, Mrs Hazel Clark – 3 brothers and 4 sisters, Bertha Cannon, Effie Barlow, Maud Edwards, Emma Roach, Eugene Lindly, Claude Lindly, and George Lindly. [News Herald, Litchfield IL, 30 Jan 1943 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
John Lindly, 73 years old died at 9:30 Saturday night at his home in Walshville following an illness which lasted since the death of his wife a week before.
Mr Lindley was born in the St Jacob neighborhood and came to a farm two miles northeast of Walshville when he was a young man, remaining there until the infirmities of old age forced him to quit the farm and move to town a few years ago. He was married to Miss Mary Louise Willoughby at her home in Summerfield Ill, on October 18th 1865 and to this union were born eight children: Bertha, wife of Charles Cannon of Litchfield; Effie wife of T Leighton Barlow, Walshville; L Eugene Lindley of near Walshville; George O of St Louis; Jesse S of Beardstown; Maud, wife of Jesse Edwards of Donnellson; Claude H and Emma wife of James P Roach, both of Hillsboro.
There are four brothers: James and Frank Lindley of Osceola Fla; William of St Joseph MO, and Wilson of Jacksonville, and three sisters: Mrs James Black of St Louis [s/b John Black, St Jacobs]; Mrs Laura [s/b Lurana] Utley of St Louis; and Mrs Emma Kirkland of Decatur.
Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Baptist Church in Walshville, Rev Anderson of Litchfield, officiating. Interment was made at Elmwood cemetery at Litchfield.
Lindly, John - News Herald, Monday, 4 Dec 1922
Aged Resident of Walshville Taken by Death
John Lindly follows wife to death in just one week. Burial today at Elmwood. John Lindly died at the home of his daughter, Mrs TL Barlow in Walshville….John Sylvester Lindly was born 23 Nov 1844, the oldest son of William M and Lydia Ann (Geers) Lindly. He married 18 Oct 1865 to Mary Louisa Willoughby in Summerfield IL….He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church…
[unknown paper, handwritten date, 2 Dec 1922 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lindly, Lydia Ann T Geers
MRS. LYDIA T. LINDLY DIED AT HER HOME WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 12 O'CLOCK
Died Wed. 12 o'clock 16 Sept 1903 at the age of 81
Born 16 Sept. 1822 in Batavia Ohio. Ffuneral at the residence at 706 Locust Street Friday morning at 8:30 by Rev. D.C. Blunt of the Baptist Church burial at Nokomis. She leaves 4 daus. and 6 sons, 1 bro, 31 gr. ch, and 9 gr, gr. ch. Her husband died some 9 years ago.
[News Herald, Litchfield IL, Thurs, 17 Sep 1903 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lindly, Lydia Ann T Geers
LAID TO REST REMAINS OF MRS. LINDLY BURIED AT NOKOMIS FRI.
born 16 Sept. 1826 Batavia Ohio (date incorrect)
died 16 Sept. 1903 Litchfield 81 yrs. of age
married William M. Lindly 22 Feb. 1838 [correct date 1839]
Children: Sarah J. Black of St. Jacobs; Elizabeth L. Utley of St. Louis; Alice K. Nims of E. St. Louis; Emma Kirkland of Decatur; John S. of Walshville; Jacob W. of St. Louis; William C. of Oak City Okla.; James of Elk City Okla.; Frank J. of Litchfield; and Wilson E. of Litchfield
She also leaves 2 bros and 31 grandchildren and 9 great grand children.
She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. [News Herald, Litchfield IL, Fri, 18 Sept 1903 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lindly, Lydia Ann T
Mrs Lydia T Lindly died Wed night at 12:00, 23 Sep 1903, in Litchfield. She was 81. Mrs Lindly was born 16 Sep 1822 in Batavia Ohio. She married in 1838. [correct date 1839] She is survived by 10 children. Mrs Sarah J. Black of St. Jacobs; Mrs Elizabeth L. Utley of St. Louis; Mrs Alice K. Nims of E. St. Louis; Mrs Emma Kirkland of Decatur; John S. of Walshville; Jacob W. of St. Louis; William C. of Oak City Okla.; James of Elk City Okla.; Frank J. of Litchfield; and Wilson E. of Litchfield. She joined the Baptist church at 18 years of age. The funeral will be in Litchfield with Rev D C Blunt officiating. Burial in Nokomis. [Hillsboro Journal, Hillsboro IL, Fri, 25 Sep 1903 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lindly, Lydian T Geers
At twelve o'clock on Wednesday night Sept 16th, 1903, Mrs Lydian T Lindly died at her home in Litchfield. She departed this life at the age 86 death having claimed her on her birthday.
Mrs Lindly was born in Batavia OH on Sep 16 1822; she was married in 1838. [correct date 1839] To this union ten children were born all of whom survive her. The children are: Mrs Sarah Black, St Jacobs Ill; Mrs Elizabeth L Utley, St Louis; Mrs Alice K Nims, East St Louis; Mrs Emma Kirkland, Decatur; John S Lindly, Walshville; Jacob W, St Louis; Wm C, Oak City OK; James O, Elk, OK; Frand J and Wilson E of Litchfield. Besides these, Mrs Lindly leaves a brother, 31 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren to morn her death. When Mrs Lindly was only 18 years of age she joined the Baptist church and ever since that time she has been an active Christian and a member of that denomination.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev D C Blunt of Litchfield at the home in Litchfield on Friday morning and the interment made at Nokomis. [paper unknown, no date - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs John Lindly Died at Home in Walshville
Mrs John Lindly died at her home in Walshville at 8:35 o'clock Sunday morning, Nov 26 at the age of 76 years _(illegible)_ days. She had been in poor health for several months and dangerously ill for the past few weeks, suffering with hardening of the arteries.
Mary Louisa Willoughby was born Jan 16, 1846, being the oldest child of Asa and Angeline (nee Van Doren) Willoughby [Angeline Van Hooser is correct name for her mother]
She was united in marriage to John S Lindly at the home of her parents at Summerfield Ill, on Oct 18, 1865.
To this union were born eight children, four sons and four daughters, all of whom with the husband survive. They are: Bertha, wife of Chas Cannon of Litchfield; Effie wife of T Leighton Barlow who resides in Walshville; Eugene A [should be Luscious Eugene] a farmer of near Walshville; George B, a motorman of St Louis Mo; Jesse S, an engineer of Beardstown Ill; Maude, wife of Jesse Edwards of Donnellson; and Claude H and Emma, wife of James R Roach, both of this city.
She was converted into the Baptist faith at the age of 14 years at Troy, IL, later moving her membership to the Baptist church in Walshville, remaining a faithful and devoted Christian up to the time of her death.
After the marriage the couple went to housekeeping on a farm near St Jacob IL, later moving to a farm near Walshville, where they remained until October 1913, when they retired and moved into Walshville.
Besides the husband and children she leaves seventeen grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, one brother, George Willoughby of Nokomis and a half-sister, Mrs Herbert Wagner of Greeley, CO formerly of Carrollton IL, and three half-brothers, Millard Willoughby formerly of this county but now of Alton, IL; Charles, a barber in St Louis MO; Harry H a former deputy sheriff of this county but now a lawyer of East St Louis but residing in Staunton. She also leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss.
The funeral services will be held in the Baptist Church at Walshville on Tuesday, Nov 28 at 10 am. The funeral party will drive overland to Litchfield and interment will be made of Elmwood cemetery. Rev Anderson, Baptist minister of Litchfield, a relative of the deceased will __illegable__
[Another obituary appeared in the News Herald, Monday, 27 Nov 1922, with the same information.]
- [Hillsboro paper, no date, abt 26 Nov 1922 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs. E. Lindly Succumbs at 80, Rites Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Roxanna Lindly, 80, widow of Eugene Lindly who died Thursday night [d. 2 Oct 1952] at 9:20 in St. Francis Hospital where she was a patient for several weeks will be conducted Saturday at 2:00 in the Gerlt Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs. Lindly resided with their daughter Mrs. C. W. Varner in Edgewood addition since December 1946, when they moved here from Woodsboro. He died last June 9. Mrs. Lindly was born October 2, 1872 one of five children of the late John M. and Eliza Jane Corlew. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Surviving are three daughters--Erma Green, Decatur; Mabel Varner, Litchfield; Leone Beal, Hillsboro; and two sons--Harry, Pawnee; and Otto, address unknown. Also surviving are 9 grand children, seven great grand children, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Walshville Christian Church. Rev. Ernest Baker of the Union Ave. Christian Church will officiate and burial will be at Harts Cemetery. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 3 October 1952]
Mrs Sarah P Lindley, familiarly known as "Grandma" Lindley, died Wednesday afternoon [d. 6 JL 1898] at the home of her daughter, Mrs A W Brasher, at Upper Alton. She was probably the oldest person in Madison Co, and had attained the advanced age of 99 yrs 4 mos 12 days. She was a sister of Mrs Mary Barnsback who was 91 in March.
Mrs Lindley was born at Beardstown, KY, Feb 24, 1799. Her father, Jacob Gonterman, came here with his family in 1816 to make a home in Goshen settlement, in the eastern part of the county. At 19 years of age Miss Gonterman became the wife of John Lindley, of St Jacob. He served through the Black Hawk War and the War of 1812, and died in 1864. At the time of her death Mrs Lindley was drawing a pension on account of his services to his country. Mrs Lindley was the mother of ten children, six of whom are yet alive. They are Mrs Anna M Virgin, of St Jacob; Mrs Hannah P Van Hooser, of Lagrange MO; Mrs Mary McCoy, of Belleville; C J Lindley, of Greenville, who is chairman of the IL Railroad and Warehouse Commission and grand master of the IL IOOF; Mr A W Brasher and Miss Ella Lindley, of Upper Alton. She made her home with her daughters in Upper Alton. Besides these children, she has living 45 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren. She had been a member of the Baptist church for 64 years.
The remains of Mrs Lindley will be taken this afternoon to Lebanon for interment. Brief services were held today at 1:30 o'clock at the home of A W Brasher. Dr J W Bulkley will conduct the services at Lebanon on Sat. [Edwardsville Intellingencer, 8 Jul 1898 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
The Flu Claimed a Hillsboro Man
Thos Lippard aged 45 years, 4 months, 21 days, for many years an employee of the Hillsboro Creamery died Saturday night from the effects of the flu. He is survived by his widow, two children and a brother and sister and his parents, Mr and Mrs A.L. Lippard of Hillsboro. The funeral services were conducted this afternoon at the late residence in Hillsboro Rev Kellar officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. [Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, April 2, 1928 Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Dead Mans Relatives Found
[Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, June 6, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Herman and Leslie Long of St Louis county, brothers of H C Long, the railroad construction laborer who was found dead in a bunk in the Wabash car last Thursday morning arrived yesterday. They were reached by telegram after the mother Mrs Mary Long had been found at Durango, CO. H C was one of six brothers. The living are, Virgil of FL; Herman of Overland MO; Leslie of Maplewood; Henry of Caledona MO; and Luther in WY. He was 49 years of age. The funeral will be at Dodds chapel tomorrow.
A Former Waggoner Man Dead
Joseph Long aged 69 a former Mayor of Waggoner died Sunday at 11 o'clock at his home in that place after an illness of long duration. The body was "brot" to Carroll and Sons and prepared for burial. The funeral services will be held at the Christian church at Waggoner Friday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev Hostettler officiating and burial will be in the Asbury cemetery. The deceased is survived by his widow and three sons, Chas of Macon, William of Springfield, and Dallas of Waggoner. [Litchfield Daily Union, Thursday, July 5, 1928 Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]
Howard Longwell, aged 83 years, a reseident of Hillsboro practically his entire life passed away at his home at 8:45 Tuesday night following a long illness.
Mr Longwell was born Nov 23, 1843, near Lewistown, PA and came to Hillsboro when a young man. He followed the occupation of a butcher for many years and later took up work as a carpenter. He lived for a short time at Nokomis.
Mr Longwell was married to Sarah McCaslin who survives with the following children: Orville of Portland OR; Guy of Hillsboro; Mrs William Hazlepp of Oswego KS; one brother, Edward of Bellemont PA and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at the residence at 2:30 Friday afternoon with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Litchfield Daily Union, Wednesday, July 13, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener
Mrs Nora Josephine Lorscheider of Canoga Park, California, formerly of Litchfield, died Saturday afternoon [d. 3 MR 1984] at 3:20 pm in West Park Hospital. Mrs. Lorscheider, 84 last July 27, was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Henry and Martha Funderburk Reener. Her husband, John J Lorscheider, preceded her in death, September 17, 1956. Surviving are a son, John Henry, and five daughters, Mrs. Velma Ham, 6124 Shoshone avenue, Encino, CA, Dorothy Virginia Olds, Theresa E Lee, Mary J Ogden, and Margaret K Simpkins, all of California, with 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother and two sisters, Roy Reener, Mrs Velma Bierbaum and Mrs. Jane Wilson, of Litchfield. A funeral Mass was offered this morning at 9 o'clock in Our Lady of the Valley, with burial in San Fernando Mission, Mission Hills, Calif. The rosary was recited Monday night at 7 pm. The Praiswater funeral home, Canoga Park, was in charge of the arrangements. [News Herald, Litchfield, IL, 6 Mar 1984 - Submitted by:Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services were conducted Tuesday in Canoga Park, Cal, for Mrs. Nora Josephine (Reener) Lorscheider, formerly of Litchfield. Burial was in San Fernando Mission, Mission Hills, Cal.
Mrs Lorscheider, 84, died March 3  at 3:20 pm in West Park Hospital at Canoga Park.
She was born July 27, 1899, in Litchfield, to Henry and Martha (Funderburk) Reener. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J Lorscheider, on Sept 17, 1956. Mrs Lorscheider was a sister of Roy Reener and Jane Wilson, both of Litchfield, and of Velma Bierbaum, Springfield. She is also survived by a son, John Henry, and five daughters, Velma Ham, Dorothy Olds, Theresa Lee, Mary Ogden, and Margaret Simpkins, all of California, with 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. [Unknown Newspaper, Not Dated - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs. Edna Rebecca LOWE died at 4:45 Thursday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James OAKLEY, on Virginia Street, at the age of 78 years, 3 months, and 22 days.
Mrs. LOWE had made her home with her daughter for the past 15 years. Her husband preceded her in death several years ago. She was born near Greensboro, North Carolina, and spent her early life there. She lived in Pana for a number of years before making her home with her daughter in Hillsboro.
Besides her daughter, she leaves 3 sons:
Funeral services were held at 12 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. OAKLEY, on Virginia Street. Rev A.B. PECK, pastor of the M. E. Church of this city, officiating.
The interment was made at the Pana Cemetery. [Hillsboro Journal – February
5, 1923. Contributed by Karen Brookfield]
Irving Rites Today for Alfred Lynch Ex-Resident
Funeral services for Alfred Lynch, 58 , former resident of Irving and Litchfield lately of Cerro Cordo, who died at his home Tuesday morning [21 MY 1940] following an extended illness from leakage of the heart were conducted this afternoon……the Methodist church at Irving. Rev R A Evans was in charge and interment was in the Irving cemetery. Short rites were held at Cerro Gordo this morning.
Mr Lynch was born and reared in Irving and as a young man resided in Litchfield for a time. He was united in marriage 35 years ago to Miss Hattie Weller of Irving. He moved his family to Cerro Gordo from Irving 15 years ago. Besides the widow, he is survived by two sons, Rex and Glen, of Cerro Gordo and two sisters, Mrs Charles Harkey of Raymond and Mrs John Leach of Decatur. A son, Kenneth, preceded his father in death at Irving when a child. [unknown paper and date - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lynch Funeral Held At Irving
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Irving M E Church for Alfred Lynch, 58, of Cerro Gordo, former Irving farmer, who died Tuesday morning [21 MY 1940] at 11:30 o'clock at his home in Cerro Gordo following an eight weeks' illness from heart trouble. Burial was made in Irving cemetery. The decedent was reared at Irving and was married there to Miss Hattie Weller thirty-five years ago. She survives him with two sons, Rex and Glen, and two sisters, Mrs Charles Harkey of Raymond and Mrs John Leach of Decatur. One son, Kenneth, preceded him in death. Mrs Lynch is a sister of Marvin Weller of Hillsboro. [unknown paper, hand dated May 23, 1940 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
John Henry Lynch, the oldest son of Jehu and Jane McKnight Lynch, was born near Scottville, Illinois, August 8th, 1842. He departed this life at 8:00 am Dec 27th, 1922 after two days of illness, aged 80 years, 4 months and 19 days. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs A L Stewart, at Scottville, Illinois, which is just across the street from his boyhood home. (Note: While on a Christmas visit there, he was stricken with paralysis.)
He enlisted as a volunteer in the Civil War in company B, 122nd Regiment of Illinois Infantry and served his country three years. While in the service his father and mother both died and on returning home he took up the duties of providing for the home and caring for his younger brothers and sisters. On Dec 24, 1866, he was united in marriage with Sarah Elizabeth Cherry, who departed this life on April 20th, 1911. To this union were born ten children: Two dying in infancy; Effie, wife of Rev. Henry Dixon of Medora, Illinois, who died Dec 18, 1916; Nora wife of L M Howser of Nevada, MO; Rosa, wife of H A Mansfield of Franklin, Ill; Henry Edward, of Jerseyville, Ill; Wm Ernest of Modesto, Ill; James Alvin of Salt Lake City, Utah; Millie, wife of A L Stewart of Scottville, Ill; and Charles C, living near the home farm. His brothers and sisters now living are: Hardin Lynch of Galt, Mo; Charles Lynch of Brookfield, Mo; Catherine Parker of St Louis, Mo; and Lena Collins of Kansas City, Mo. He was converted early in life and united with the M E Church at Scottville. He also was a charter member of the Order of Masons at Scottville. He spent almost his entire life in and near Scottville, principally on his farm northeast of town. The last two years he made his home at Modesto with his son Ernest. By his departure a vacancy is made in the home and also in the hearts of his children and numerous friends. [provided by Wanda Lynch, name of paper not noted - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Peter Lynch - born Atwater IL 20 Feb 1840 [d. 20 June 1931] - married Evaline Leach, Carlinville. She died 1884 and Mr Lynch never remarried. - leaves children: Alfred Lynch, Lintner; Mrs. John Leach, Decatur; Hattie Harkey, Raymond; Ora Paddock, Alton - leaves sister: Mary Lynch, Girard."Decatur Herald", Sunday, 21 June 1931, Pg 11, Col 6 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Peter Lynch Dies at Decatur Today
Peter Lynch 84 of Decatur, a former resident of this city, died this morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs Delia Leach of Decatur. Mr Lynch's death resulted from an illness of complications due to his advanced years. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Leach, of Decatur, and Mrs. Hattie Harkey of Raymond, a granddaughter and grandson, Mrs. Fred Mayes and Ray Harkey both of Litchfield. Hhis wife preceded him in death in February. Funeral services will be held at Decatur Monday afternoon at two o'clock with burial in that city.["Litchfield News Herald", Saturday, 20 June 1931, Page 1, Col 6 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Mrs Rebecca Lynch, wife of Peter Lynch, died  at her home 1511 N Van Buren St, at 12:45 am Wed from a complication of diseases. She was 66 years old. She leaves, besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs Ova [Ora Grace] Armstrong, of Litchfield; one stepson, Alfred Lynch; 2 step-daughters, Mrs Hattie Harkey, Raymond, and Mrs Della [Delia May] Leach, Atwater. The body will be taken Thursday afternoon by Dodd's to the 4:07 Burlington train for Sorento, where it will be interred. A short service will be conducted at the residence in Litchfield at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. [unknown paper and date - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Services for Rex W Lynch, formerly of Irving, were held this morning in Cerro Gordo with graveside services this afternoon in the Irving Cemetery. Mr Lynch died at 8:40 pm Thursday, December 9, 1999, in Brownsville Medical Center, Brownsville, Texas. He was 89 years old on May 17. He was born in Irving, a son of Alfred and Hattie Weller Lynch. He married Martha Bower on August 26, 1995, in Cerro Gordo; she survives. Surviving also is a brother, Glenn Lynch of Huntington, WV. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Margarette and a brother . ["Litchfield News Herald", 13 Dec 1999 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
Lynch - Died at 9:50 am Monday, Sept 24, 1906, at the Springfield Hospital from the effects of an operation for appendicitis, William Lynch, aged 39 years. The remains were removed to the undertaking establishment of Metcalf & Branson and will be sent to Carlinville at 9:15 am today over the Chicago & Alton, where the interment will be made. The decedent was a resident of Shipman but was brought to this city a few days ago suffering with the disease. He was born in Macoupin county but accompanied his parents Mr and Mrs Tilman Lynch to Missouri where he grew up to manhood. He returned to this state and for the past nine years has resided in
the vicinity of Shipman where he was engaged in the farming and dairy business. He had a large circle of friends in Macoupin county and was a member of the Mutual Protective League of Bunker Hill. Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife and five children. Leonard, Edwin, Zephaniah, Clarence (s/b Claris) and Elsie Lynch, all living at home; also his parents, residing in Norborne, MO; two brothers, Melvin of Dresden, Kan, and Arthur of Brunswick MO, and five sisters, Mrs Lewis Parker of Ottumwa, Iowa, Mrs. Mila Dotshire (s/b Datson), of Herrick, SD (s/b TX), Mrs. Walter Morris (s/b Marrs) and Mrs. Henry Morris (s/b Marrs) of Kansas City Kan, and Lois Lynch of Norborne. ["Illinois State Journal", 25 Sep 1906 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
William Ernest Lynch, son of John H Lynch and Sarah E Lynch, was born June 10, 1875, near Scottville, IL. At the age of 12 years, he gave his heart to Jesus and united with the Panther Creek Baptist Church. When he grew to manhood he was ordained as deacon in this church. He always found joy in the service to his Master throughout his life. At the age of 20 he went to college at Bushnell, IL and later to business college in Dixon, IL. His eyesight failing, he was able to attend college only a few months and was never able to complete his education.
On Aug 13, 1902, he was united in marriage with Silva Ora Hart. To this union were born four children: Cleda May, Wanda Marie, Ada Idella, and Gilbert Winfield. The family lived on a farm near Scottville, IL until 1911, when they moved to Colorado Springs, CO. There Mr Lynch was engaged in the hotel business for about six months. He then returned to Illinois. After living in Palmyra two years, the family moved to Modesto, IL, where they spent the next 12 years. Mr Lynch was active in the work of the little Baptist church there. He was Sunday School superintendent for several years and was a deacon of the church. He took great interest in the Kingdom work there and had the joy of seeing his four children surrender their lives to Christ. In May, 1917 his home was completely destroyed by a tornado which struck the town. He was engaged in the grocery business while in Modesto. In Aug 1925, he left IL and moved to Liberty MO to give his children a college education. He was employed as custodian of the beautiful Baptist church in Liberty and took great joy and pleasure in keeping the Lord's house. He passed away about noon on Thursday, Dec 30th 1926, after an hour's suffering with heart trouble at the age of 51 years, 6 months, and 20 days. He leaves to mourn their loss his devoted wife and loving children, his son-in-law, Rev Eddie Lomelino and grandson, Lee Edward Lomelino; three sisters and three brothers: Mrs. L M Howser, Nevada, MO; Mrs Henry Mansfield, Franklin, IL; Mrs A L Stewart, Scottville, IL; James A Lynch, Los Angeles, CA; H E Lynch, Granite City, IL; and Charles Lynch, Scottville, IL. Besides these relatives there is a host of friends who loved him for his cheerful disposition and his Christian character. His life was one of loyalty to the Master and loving sacrifice and hard work for his family. His loved ones in return made for him a peaceful and happy home and will cherish most tender memories of the dear husband and father. A funeral service was conducted at the Liberty church, Dec 31 1926, by the pastor, Rev F C Feezor. The services at the Modesto Baptist church in IL were in charge of Rev O W Shields. Pallbearers were: Ernest Cos, Bertie Fletcher, John Lomelino, Orville Lomelino, Ernest Vancil, and Walter Jones. Flower girls were: Opal Stewart, Irene Stewart, Hazel Harding, Dorothy Mansfield, Dora Mansfield, Ruth Lomelino, Anna Mae Lomelino, Pauline Rillings, Vera Vanch, and Mary Turner. Interment was made in the Panther Creek Cemetery near Scottville, IL. [paper and date unknown - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]