Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


James T. Keerans

Flemingsburg Times Democrat, June 3, 1955

"Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Price Funeral Home in Elizaville for James T. KEERANS, aged 78. Rev. James A. MOAK, pastor of the First Christian church, Maysville, and Rev. Ralph THOMAS, pastor of the Flemingsburg Christian church, officiated.

"Mr. KEERANS, farmer and land owner of Grange City, died Thursday night at the Hayswood hospital where he had been admitted the day previously after suffering a heart attack.

"The deceased was a native and lifelong resident of the county, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Riley KEERANS. He was a man of personal integrity and friendliness and was held in the highest regard by many friends.

"Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Oscar ELLINGTON, Maysville, and Mrs. Emery ANDERSON, of this county; a sister, Mrs. Boone LYNAM, of Grange City; and several grandchildren, including Mrs. Sterling PRICE of Elizaville, Mrs. David HARPER and J.P. ANDERSON of this county, Mrs. William G. MULLIN of Ripley, Ohio and James ELLINGTON of Chicago.

"Burial was in the Flemingsburg cemetery."  -- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Edna (Graves) Kerns

Jan. 13, 1979

Princeville -- Services for Mrs. Edna M. Kerns, 82, formerly of Toulon and Princeville, who died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Benton-Hammill Funeral Home here.

The Rev. Robert Spencer will officiate, and burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home.

She was born in rural Princeville May 31, 1896, a daughter of Oscar and Viella Gingrich Graves. She married Merla A. Kerns March 18. 1918, in Peoria. He died in 1968.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Harriet) King of Princeville and Mrs. William (Virginia) Hall of Peoria; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Berwin (Evelyn) Dell, and one brother, Leo A., both of Princeville.

One sister preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made at the funeral home.  -- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Merle Andrew Kerns

July 2, 1966

Toulon -- Services for Merle Andrew Kerns, 67, Toulon, city councilman who died Saturday afternoon in Methodist Hospital in Peoria, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Kidd Funeral Home here. The Rev. Eugene Anderson of Toulon Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery. There will (be) no visitation.

Mr. Kerns was born Jan. 3, 1899, near Princeville, in Stark County, a son of Joshua and Almina Lair Kerns. He was married March 18, 1919, in Peoria to Edna Graves.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Harriett) King of Princeville and Mrs. William (Virginia) Hall of Peoria; five grandsons and one granddaughter.

He was a farmer most of his life, retiring in 1964 and was a member of Princeville Masonic Lodge. He served two terms as mayor of Toulon, was an alderman a number of years and was First Ward alderman at the time of his death. -- Contributed by Karen Seeman

Elsie (Holmes) Kerr

Wyoming Post-Herald
Wyoming, Illinois
March 7, 1928


Mrs. Walker Kerr, who was formerly Miss Elsie Holmes, daughter of Mrs. E. Holmes, of Castleton, Ill., died in a hospital In Moline, Ill., Sunday morning. Feb. 26, following an operation, according to an article in last week's Orion Times, which states that she had been in her usual health until a few days prior to her death.
Mrs. Kerr, whose home was in Orion, was aged 41 years, five months and ten days. She was born Sept. 16, 1886, a twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Holmes. She was educated in the Castleton schools, after which she taught in a school near Orion, Ill., and later taught for five years in district schools in her home community.
On Nov. 20, 1912 she was united in marriage with Walker W. Kerr of Orion, Ill., and to them was born one son, Willard Holmes Kerr, who with the husband survives. She is also survived by her mother, one brother, Allen Holmes of Castleton, and two sisters, Mrs. A. N. Gleason and Mrs. H. E. Loper, both of near Castleton.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday of last week at the Orion Methodist church, with the Rev. Frank Marston, the pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Orion cemetery.
The many friends in the Castleton community are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of this fine young wife and mother, and the husband, son, the mother, brother and sisters have the sincere sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
Concerning the deceased the Orion Times has the following to say:
"Mrs. Kerr was a most popular and respected lady of the community, was an active and conscientious member of the Methodist church, and at the time of her passing was president of the Ladies' Aid Society, a member of the missionary society and the teacher of a class of thirteen young ladies. She was also an active and well posted member of the Eastern Star chapter, was a past worthy matron of the year 1925 of the order, and at death was the chaplain of the society.
"Socially she was also most popular, and since coming to Orion had been an active member of the Stitch and Chatter club, and organization which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. She was a capable public speak, a most devoted wife and mother and a lover of her home and friends. She will be sorely missed in the community, and the sympathy of the community is with her husband, son her mother, sisters and brother."

Contributed by FOFG

Alexander Kissinger

Henry Republican, November 4, 1880

Died in Penn township, Stark county, October 18, of softening of the brain, Alexander Kissinger, 59. A tailor of Henry from 1849 to 1855. -- Contributed by Nancy Piper

Viola May (Snider) Kissinger

Henry Republican, August 19, 1880

Near Castleton, August 13, of heart disease, Viola May, 23 years, 3 months, 3 days, wife of Frank Kissinger and only daughter of Manuel Snider of this city.

Mrs. Frank Kissinger nee Viola Snider, daughter of Mr. Manuel Snider, died very suddenly at her residence about 1 1/2 miles from Castleton, on Friday night. She had been unusually well all day, and had remarked it to her friends. In company with Mrs. N. M. Rollins of this city, she had been visiting at Castleton and had assisted in picking blackberries in a patch at her friend's house. She had taken care of the milk after she reached home, and unrobing had retired for the night. Hardly had her head touched the pillow, ere the sense of suffocation come over her, and springing up, spit blood and, in less time than it takes to write it, she was a corpse. She had been afflicted with enlargement of the heart for some years, and while it was feared her death might come at any time, and though it came as feared, it comes home to the husband, parents, brother and friends, with a crushing blow. She was a beautiful young woman, adorning home and life with the true essence of genial culture and womanly excellencies. Her married life embraced but 19 months.

She was a native of Henry, reared and married here. She was an only daughter, tenderly loved and revered by doting parents, and affectionately esteemed by a large circle of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Snider and her only brother, Dr. Snider, were all visiting in Pennsylvania, but the wire that carried the sad intelligence to them, brought instructions to retain the body until their arrival home. The remains were brought here Saturday, and on Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock funeral services were held from the family residence (the Camp homestead) Rev. J. J. Bennell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. A number of friends from a distance were present at the obsequies. Much sympathy is expressed by the community in this sad bereavement; and a large circle of those who knew her well in life, were present to weep at so untimely a death. -- Contributed by Nancy Piper

Andrew Jackson "John" Kistler

Bradford Republican, March 13, 1933

John Kistler, Died Suddenly At His Home Monday Morning

John Kistler of Camp Grove, but formerly of Milo township, and well known in this community passed away at his home Monday afternoon. Although not in the best of health for the past two years, Mr. Kistler had been able to be about his home and town, consequently his death Monday was a great shock to his family. Mr. Kistler was found dead in his chair by his wife.

Andrew Jackson Kistler was born in Clark county, Indiana, on Sept. 18, 1862, being at the time of his death 70 years, five months and 13 days. He was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Kistler. He spent his boyhood and young manhood days in Indiana, coming to Milo in 1901, where for ten years he and his wife conducted a general store. He was married on August 25, 1888, to Miss Annette Jamison, one son being born to this union, who with the wife and mother, are left to mourn the husband and father's death. The son, John, has been at home with his parents.

Several years ago the family moved to Camp Graove, whre Mr. Kistler followed the merchandise business for ten years, retiring some years ago. They have continued to make Camp Grove their home. In addition to his wife and son there are left several nieces and nephews to mourn his death.

The funeral is being held at the Boyd's Grove M. E. church this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Burial will be in the Mound cemetery close by. Taken From the Bradford Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Adolph Klein

Henry Republican, July 28, 1881

Died near Bradford, July 25, of dropsy, Adolph Klein, aged about 60. Interment in German Catholic cemetery near this city.

The remains of Adolph Kline, from near Bradford, were brought to this city on Monday, for interment in the Catholic cemetery. The funeral services were held at the German Catholic church. He was an old resident of this county. He has been an invalid for several years and his death was not unexpected.-Contributed by Nancy Piper

Florence Elizabeth (Graves) Kneer

from the Stark County News

Wednesday, August 7, 1929

Mrs. Kneer Passes; T. T. H. S. Graduate

Word was received in Toulon Friday of the untimely death of Mrs. Raymond Kneer, of Princeville, who was formerly Miss Florence Graves, a graduate of Toulon Township High School. Mrs. Kneer had been in poor health for some time past and her condition had gradually become worse until the end came Friday, August 2, 1929. At the time of her death she was aged 22 years, 3 months and 3 days.

Mrs. Kneer was well known in Toulon, having graduated from the Toulon Township High School with the class of 1926, and she has many friends here who mourn her passing.

Funeral services were held from the Princeville Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, with Rev. Acheson, of Princeton, former pastor of the church, in charge. Mrs. Harry Matthews and Mrs. Emily Bouton, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Myrtle Duggins, sang, "Asleep in Jesus" and "Sometime We'll Understand." The pall bearers were Jerry Stewart Raymond Green, Luther Mansfield, Orvis Hoag, Merle McGown and Armand Foster. Interment was in the Princeville cemetery.

Toulon People Attend Funeral

A number of Toulon people went to Princeville Monday afternoon to attend the funeral services. Among those going were Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Strayer, Mrs. H. S. Slygh, Mrs. Ora Carico, Mrs. Earle Williams, Mrs. C. F. Addis, C. E. Griffith and daughter Lucy, Miss Jessie Fleming, Miss Cynthia Cox, Miss Grace Dunlap, Miss Betty Packer and MRs. Jack Benedict, the latter three being members of Mrs. Kneer's class.

Sketch of Life

The following is a brief sketch of her life:

Florence Elizabeth, daughter of Oscar and Viella Graves, was born near Princeville April 30, 1907. She attended school in the grade schools of Peoria county and Glendora, California, and attended Princeville High school three years, completing her course at Toulon Township High School with the class of 1926. The following year she attended Illinois State Normal University, at Normal, Illinois. She then taught at the Schiebel school, located west of Stark, in Stark county, and was just beginning her second year of teaching the school when she was forced to give up her work on account of failing health.

When a young girl she united with the Princeville Presbyterian church, and (-------) of Rev. Acheson. February 14 1929, she was married to Raymond Kneer, of Princeville, at Princeton with Rev. Acheson performing the ceremony. She was married but little more than five months, during which time she and Mr. Kneer made their home on a farm near Monica.

Mrs. Kneer took a great interest in her work in the school room and in the church and Sunday school and in the Christian Endeavor society. Through her long illness of more than a year, she was cheerful and hopeful, but all that medical science and love could do were of no avail, and she passed away at her parents' home in Princeville just before noon Friday, August 2. She leaves to mourn her passing a devoted husband, her parents, one brother, Leo Graves, of Princeville; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Kerns, of Toulon; and Miss Evelyn Graves, at home; besides a host of friends and other relatives. -- Contributed by Karen Seeman



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