Obituaries and Death Notices
of Sangamon County, Illinois

W - Surnames


James Walker
In Jonesboro, Ill on Wednesday last, Mr. James Walker late a resident of this city. Mr. Walker  was a soldier of the War of 1812---a native of North Carolina---had ever filled a humble sphere in life---possessed many virtues. He was Coroner of this county for four years---held other small offices and for some three years was a carrier of the Daily Journal. Farewell old soldier. Green be the sod above thee. Rest until the grand reveille shall be beaten, when the true and the faithful  shall receive the plaudit----- "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."  F.  [Daily Journal, Aug 1858 - Sub. by Rich Walker]

William H. Walker
Died at the family residence, 913 E. Carpenter St., Thursday morning, May 7th at about 10 o'clock, Wm H., son of Daniel Walker, aged about 36 years. Funeral from the residence this morning, conducted by J.L. Crane Camp Sons of Veterans. Rev. Francis Springer officiating. The deceased was quite well known in this city and for several years past has been a capable and faithful workman in the  finishing department at the Illinois Watch Factory. He was never possessed of much physical strength and his death was the termination of sickness of several weeks duration. His gentile inoffensive disposition won him many friends who wil learn of hisdeath with profound regret. He was one of the charter members of J.L. Crane Camp #4, Sons of Union Veterans and held the position of camp quartermaster up to the time of his death. He served one term as Major of the Illinois Division on the staff of Col. John Mayo Palmer. He was exceedingly popular in the camp and at the meeting held Thursday evening, appropriate resolutions in his memory were adopted and  the camp resolved to attend the funeral in a body. His employees in the finishing department at the watch factory also decided to attend the funeral in a body. His surviving relatives are his father, an aged grand-mother and two brothers. IL State Journal. Springfield, IL 5-8-1885 The deceased was the son of Mr. Daniel L. Walker, GAR Stephenson Post 30 and the Commander requests the attendence of the members of the body at the funeral. [IL State Journal, 05/08/1885 - Sub. by Rich Walker]


Dorothy Nelson Weber

Dorothy Nelson Weber, 96, passed away Oct. 31, 2011, three days before her 97th birthday at the Cottages of Bradenton, her home for the last four years, She was born Nov. 3, 1914, in Winchester, the daughter of Earl and Elna (Gibson) Nelson. She married Rex A. Weber on June 10, 1938, and he preceded her in death June 21, 1985. Springfield had been Dorothy's home for 60 years. In 2002, she moved to Galesburg to be near her daughter. In 2007, she moved to Florida to spend time with her son. Dorothy Nelson graduated from Illinois College, Jacksonville, in 1935, with a major in English and teaching. She taught in Alsey and Winchester during World War II. After moving to Springfield, her interests outside the home actively involved Woman's Service Council at Central Baptist Church, including individual circle leadership. She was also active in Church Women United and Kings Daughters. She and her husband, Rex, attended concerts at the Orpheum through the Amateur Musical Club and Springfield Symphony. They went to many conventions with the Savings and Loan League and Rotary International. Surviving are her son, Ronald Gary (wife, Virginia) of Bradenton, Fla.; and her daughter, Janet Farmer (husband, Stan) of Galesburg; her three grandsons, David Farmer (wife, Jessica) of Shoreline, Wash., and Scott Farmer (wife, Stacy) of Parker, Colo. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Michael Farmer and Katelyn Farmer of Davenport, Iowa, and Aloe Weber of Shoreline, Wash. Arrangements are under the direction of Boardman Smith Funeral Home. Internment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield. Services will be at Central Baptist Church, Fourth and Jackson at 1 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will be at the church one hour preceding the church service. Officiating will be Dr. Reg Mills of Central Baptist and Rev. Dan Siems of First Baptist, Galesburg.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]



Robert Lowell Wells
Robert Lowell "Bob" Wells, 86, of Quincy, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday (Nov. 2, 2011) in the Illinois Veterans Home. Bob was born on March 30, 1925, in Adams, a son of Jesse Arthur and Myrtle Belle Wells, He married Dolores Mae Bartelt on June 13, 1950, in Elgin. She preceded him in death in December 1954. He married Ira Bea Nuchols in December 1955. She died Feb. 18, 1988. Bob graduated from Seymour High School, Payson, in 1942 at the age of 17. After working on some farms, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 and was assigned to the Marbo Signal Command, serving in Guam. After a time in the reserves, he was recalled to active duty in October 1950 and served as a message clerk in the IX Corps Artillery Headquarters in Korea. He was honorably discharged in September 1952. As a young man, Bob enjoyed hunting with his father and son. He loved to dance and sing. He did some pleasure boating with his children. Bob was an avid reader, especially of westerns. He had a great sense of humor and a love of unusual words. Most of his working life revolved around the automobile industry. He enjoyed the last 6 1/2 years of his life in the Illinois Veterans Home. He spread his humor among many residents, worked for the library and served as a pallbearer a number of times. Bob loved his family with all his heart. He was a thoughtful, fun-loving man who will be greatly missed. Survivors include his children, Mrs, Sue (Roger) Yarnell of Bethany, Dr. Michael (Lisa) Wells of Aiken, S.C., Mrs. Becky (Bruce) Teter of Crystal Beach Fla. and Mrs. Chris (Larry) Livergood of Decatur; six grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Blair, Hilary Blair, Michael Teter, Ben Yarnell, Erin (Ben) Yarnell Booker and Michael (Kim) Wells of Matteson; and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his mother, father, brother, sister and stepdaughter, Candace Gilmore. SERVICES: A private memorial service with interment will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield.
ARRANGEMENTS: Moran and Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, 2801 N. Monroe, Decatur, IL 62526
. [Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL]


Harold Leroy Westerfield
DECATUR - Harold L. Westerfield, 88 of Sun City, Arizona, formally of Decatur Ill, passed away on June 20th 2008.
He is survived by JoAnn, his loving wife of 45 yrs, His Stepson, Van Reincke and Daughter-In-Law, Marsha Reincke. A Grandson & Great Grandson and Niece, Charlotte Lindstrom. He was preceded in death by son, Leigh Westerfield and Stepson, Kevin Reincke.
Harold was a WW II Vereran-and served on LST 325 during the Normandy invasion, He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1979.
Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.
[Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, June 25, 2008, Obituary written by family members - Submitted by Sara Hemp]



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