Stark County Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices


John Milton Zook

The Sun Herald (Lime Springs, Iowa) November 24, 1921

John Milton Zook was born May 17, 1839 at Crawfordsville, Ind. Died at the home of his son, Clarence J. Zook, at Toulon, Illinois, Nov. 14, 1921 at 1 o'clock p.m. Was only sick a few days - had all the care of loving hands and skilled physicians - said he was tired, went to sleep and peacefully passed to his reward.

When quite young, his parents moved to Dane county, Wisconsin, where he spent his boyhood on a farm. He was attending college when Fort Sumter was fired upon and left his classes to join the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was a member of the Old Iron Brigade. He was wounded in the right breast at the first battle of Bull Run, invalided home and discharged for disability.

On July 4, 1863, he was married to Agnes Elizabeth Dennett, of Rock County, Wis. As soon as his health permitted he re-enlisted, got as far as Nashville, Tenn., found that his wound still left him unable to carry arms - joined the quartermasters department and served as a carpenter at the front until the close of the war when he was honorably discharged.

He was the father of two children, Clarence J. and Edith M. Zook. The latter passes away at her home in California some years ago.

Mrs. Zook died August 30, 1886 at the family home in Sioux Fall, S.D., and was interred in Pleasant Hill cemetery at that place. Soon after this Father moved to Beadle County, S.D., where he owned a large cattle ranch for some years. On Christmas Day, 1890, he was married to Marie Knight, of Vermillion S.D., who died Nov. 24, 1905 and was also interred at Sioux Falls.

Since he second wife's death, Father made his home with his younger sister, Mrs. A. G. Piller at Brooklyn, Wis. And his son, Clarence and family - being welcome and at home at either place. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the G. A. R. Always cheerful and kind - he was beloved by all who knew him.

He was my "chum" for over 50 years - with all that word can mean. He lived a good life and a clean life. He was almost too honest for his own good. If, when I pass away, my son can pay as sincere a tribute to my memory, I'll be satisfied. I shall not have lived in vain.

The funeral was held at the house in Toulon, Illinois, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 17, Rev. Van Lear of the M. E. church officiating. The G. A. R. and the W. R. C. attended in a body and accompanied the funeral cortege to the train - the earthly remains being taken to Sioux Falls and tenderly and reverently placed between the two companions who had preceded him. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful and kind hands and loving friends at both ends of the route did all that was possible to make smooth the journey.

He leaves one son, the writer of these lines, three grandchildren in California, three sisters and many other relatives and friends.

I want to personally thank the boys at the print shop at Toulon, Editor Nowlan and wife, the G. A. R. and the W. R. C. of the same place, for their beautiful floral tributes, also Antone Sundquist of Toulon, J. C. Talmadge of Cedar Rapids and a whole bunch of printers and old friends at Sioux Falls. As for the Brother Masons who made every foot of the railway journey easy as possible - I cannot thank them personally but shall try to pass it on.

If Mrs. Zook were writing this, she could thank nearly everybody in Toulon for kindness and courtesy - and so do I - most sincerely.
Clarence J. Zook

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