'D' Woodford County Obits
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Margerine E. "Marge" Decker
Margerine E. "Marge" Decker, 88, Minonk, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday (July 10, 2006) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church,Minonk, with the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating;Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk;Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk and for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church; In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. Calvert & FroelichMemorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 26, 1918, in Flanagan, the daughter of Tjark and Emma Koopman Rients; She married Delmar W. Decker on Feb. 18, 1939, inFlanagan; He died Aug. 10, 1997.

Surviving is a son, Richard L.(Shirley) Decker, Minonk; a daughter, Janice (Jack) Rogers, Lexington;a brother, Lester (Maureen) Rients, Streator; two sisters, Velma Bates,Grand Ridge, and Florence Bates, Streator; and a sister-in-law, MagRients, Somonauk; seven grandchildren, Kathy (Paul) Betteridge,Washington; Vickie (Tony) Halitsky, Tempe, Ariz.; Brian (Deanna)Decker, Dana; Eric (Merre) Rogers, El Paso; Cory (Sheila) Rogers,Streator; Joette (Brad) Cole, Hudson; and Jay (Kim) Sullivan, Minonk;and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a grandson. Marge was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. She owned and operated the Elegant Bridal Shop in Minonk for 40 years.

Louis A. DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Louis A. DeGuibert, one of the prominent citizens of Woodford county and a life-long resident of Partridge township, passed away at his home Wednesday afternoon, after a prolonged illness.  Deceased was a son of a pioneer settler in Partridge.  The elder DeGuibert came here from France in 1833 and settled in Partridge.  Mr. DeGuibert was born Nov. 10, 1838.  He was united in marriage with Lizzie Hoshor May 15, 1859.  The couple have had eight children.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the family home in Partridge, in charge of Rev. Jolly of Washburn.

William Davison
William Harrison "Harry" Davison, 78, of Sandwich, formerly of Minonk, died Wednesday (April 9, 2003) at the Shabbona Healthcare Center, Shabbona. His funeral will be at 5 p.m. Monday at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, Pastor Jenny Weber officiating. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison Cemetery, west of Minonk. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611. Harry was born Aug. 6, 1924, in Minonk, the son of Lester S. and Doris Kerrick Davison. He married Helen Beyer. She survives. Also surviving is one daughter, Sue-Ellen Davison, LaSalle; and one sister, Betty (S.S.) Woods, Pensacola, Fla. His parents and brother, John Davison, preceded him in death. He served his country honorably with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement in 1984 he was employed as a pilot for United Airlines. He was a member of the Retired United Pilots Association (RUPA). He was an avid golfer able to play the game from either side of the ball because of his being "ambidextrous."

Myrtle Z. Duncan
EL PASO - Myrtle Z. Duncan, 95, of 1200 E. Partridge, Metamora, formerly of El Paso, died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday (July 1, 2000) at Snyder Village Nursing Home, Metamora.  Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, the Rev. Richard Riley officiating. Burial will be in Harper Cemetery, rural El Paso. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  She was born on July 26, 1904, at El Paso, a daughter of Henry and Lena Reed Moore. She married Alfred Duncan on Dec. 25, 1937, at St. Louis, Mo. He died July 31, 1987. She is survived by one son, Melvin (Mary Ann) Duncan, Metamora; a twin sister, Myrle Chastain, Granite City; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, El Paso.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Hosher) DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Louis A. DeGuibert, member of one of the oldest families in Woodford county and a resident of the county her entire lifetime of 79 years, passed away at the DeGuibert homestead, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben, Sunday evening about 5:30 o'clock. 
She had been in feeble health, due to age, for several years, but the end was hastened by a paralytic stroke that came upon her four days before her death.  Deceased, whose maiden name was Lizzie Hoshor, was born in Western Woodford county January 9, 1843, her father having settled in this county in 1833 and her mother in 1829, both families being among the very earliest settlers.  On May 15, 1859, she was united in marriage with Louis A. DeGuibert, who was also a native of this county, having been born here in 1838.  He died a few years ago.  Of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. DeGuibert, four survive, namely, Louis of Snow Hill, Md.; Clarence, Guy and Mrs. John Eiben of Partridge township.  Mrs. DeGuibert is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Eliza Boulier of Nebraska.  Deceased held a high place in the esteem of the people of the western part of the county throughout her lifetime and though most of her intimate friends of the long ago have passed away all who knew her held her in the highest respect.  She is one of the last in this part f the county who witnessed the departure of the Indians from this county and the pioneer deveolopment of the country.  The funeral was held Wednesday, with services at the residence at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. Thompson of Lacon.  A large number of friends of the family attended.  At the close the body was laid to rest in Lone Hill cemetery, the burial place of other members of her family.

Metamora Herald - March 31, 1922
A touching feature at the funeral services of the late Mrs. L. A. DeGuibert in Partridge township Wednesday of last week was the tribute of appreciation and prayer by James Stewart, the aged colored man residing in the neighborhood of the DeGuibert home.  With dramatic fervor and eloquence the old gentleman recounted the deceased's many excellent qualities and her kindnesses and the prayer that he offered came from a heart filled with emotion and appreciation.

Dora Olive DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Dora Olive DeGuibert of Milwaukee, Wis., widow of the late Sidney DeGuibert, died at 3 a.m. Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vivian Topel in Peoria, aged 75 years, 11 months, and 6 days.  The body was brought to the Mason funeral home in Metamora, where friends were received Monday evening.  Funeral services were held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday and burial was in Buckingham cemetery, Cazenovia township.  The Rev. Teyler of Peoria officiated at the services.  Born in Woodford couonty March 21, 1878, she was a daughter of Henry and Margaret Calvert Foster.  She was married to Sidney DeGuibert at the home of her paents April 8, 1896.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Juanita Gones of Suring, Wis., Mrs. Vivian Topel of Peoria and Mrs. Selma Clark of Houston, Tex; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one brother, William Foster of Lowpoint, and three sisters, Mrs. William Scott of Bryan, Ohio, Mrs. Fred Kenyon of Lowpoint and Miss Jo Foster of Yakima, Wash.

Rlene Davis
Eureka - Rlene Davis, 97, died at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at Maple Lawn in Eureka.  She was born May 24, 1909, in Fairmount, the daughter of Samuel and Ethell Ford Burgess. She married Roy Davis on Aug. 4, 1930, in Crown Point, Ind. He died May 1, 1989. Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Phylis Davis, Eureka; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister.  Davis was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Munster, Ind. Services were Friday at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schereville, Ind. The Rev. Lynda Hosek officiated. There was no visitation. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral home, Eureka, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial may be made to Maple Lawn.

Louis Charles DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
A dispatch from Lafayette, Illinois, says:  Irvin Ingels has received word of the death of his brother-in-law, Louis DeGuibert, in Snow Hill, Maryland, September 26, after an illness of over a year.  Mr. DeGuibert was born in Partridge township, Woodford couonty, Illinois, in 1860, and was married to Mary Ingels of Lafayette, in 1880.  Two daughters were born to them, Undena and Davida, both of whom with Mrs. DeGuibert survive him.  Mr. DeGuibert was a graduate of Eureka college, and later took up the study of law, being admitted to the bar in Iowa where he practiced for a number of years, in Sioux City.  The practice of law did not satisfy him, so later he took up carpentering which he followed for over 20 years.  He lived in Lafayette for 10 years prior to 1907.

Metamora Herald

Louis C. DeGuibert was the eldest child of Louis A. and Elizabeth DeGuibert, well known citizens of Partridge, both deceased.  He was born July 21, 1869 in Partridge township, at the old homestead, and died at his home in Snowhill, Maryland, September 26, 1929.

From early boyhood he was eager for study and education, and without urging, at a very young age, started from his home school and entered the Lowpoint academy where he studied as long as this school was in existence.  From there he wnt to Eureka college and graduated in 1881.  Afterward going to the Washington university at St. Louis in 1882, he graduated with honors, from the law department in the year 1883.  He then moved to Sioux City, Iowa, and practiced law until 1897.  In 1907 he moved to a home he purchased in Sinepuxet Bay near Snowhill, Md., where he lived until his death, a period of 23 years.

He joined the Christian church while a student at Eureka and never wavered from the faith.

In 1880 while attending college he married Miss Mae Ingels of LaFayette, Illinois, a student at the same college in the music department.  Both returned the following school year, finished the course, and graduated with highest honor.  She was an accomplished musician and an artist as well.

Louis DeGuibert in his youth was considered a most exemplary young man and was given the highest esteem by all who knew him.  His was a life of a Christian, gentle, unselfish man, and an interesting and scholarly companion, devoted husband and father, and friend to all mankind.

He leaves his devoted wife, two married daughters living in New York City, two brothers, Clarence of Litchfield, Michigan, Guy A. of Peoria; Talbott, Sidney and Ernest, having preceded him in death, several years previously, also, Mrs. John Eiben, an only sister who resides at the family homestead, in Partridge township.

He was buried in the Snowhill cemetery, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, September 28, 1929, near where the Atlantic ocean rolls and sweeps the shore.

Asa J. Dennis - contributed by Jane Foster
Asa J. Dennis, 54, a section hand on the Santa Fe Railroad for 24 years passed away at his home North of town on Saturday, October 24, 1959.  He was born on April 4, 1905, in Washburn, a son of Robert and Anna Conarro Dennis.  He married Hazel L. Calvert.  He is survived by his wife and mother; three daughters, Mrs. Ed Frye of Sparland, Mrs. Doris Spears and Mrs. Della VanDeVeer of Washburn; two sons, Cecil and Darrell both at home; a sister, Mrs. Rachel Kalb of Washburn; two brothers, Robert and William, both of Washburn and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at  ______ p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, at 1:00 p.m.  Pacey Memorial Home in Washburn with the Rev. Clifford Pelson, pastor of the Washburn Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in Fort Cemetery.  Casket bearers were George Spangler, Robert Iliff, Alvin Moobery, Archie Garrett, H. B. Murphy and William Guth.

Ophelia Davis
Secor - Mrs. Ophelia Davis, wife of Marion Davis, died of pneumonia of the lungs Tuesday night. She was 37 years of age. She leaves a found husband and 4 children to mourn her loss.

Edna (Ellwood) DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Edna Ellwood DeGuibert, member of an old Metamora family, a resident of 400 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, the last 20 years, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Proctor Hospital, where she had been a patient six weeks.  She had been in ill health several months.  She was a daughter of Atty. Wm. L. and Mary Bullock Ellwood and was born in Metamora 74 years ago.  She graduated from the Metamora schools and for several years was a teacher in the schools of Woodford county.  Her father began the practice of law in Metamora, in which he continued until the removal of the county seat to Eureka in 1894, when he moved to Peoria and practiced there until his death.  Her marriage was to Guy DeGuibert, member of an old Partridge family and her home was in Partridge township until her removal to Peoria.  Her husband died about 15 years ago.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Stauffer of Peoria, one son, Ellwood DeGuibert of Angleton, Texas, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Beulah Defenbaugh of Peoria.  The body was brought to the Mason funeral home in Metamora, where friends were received Thursday evening from 7 to 9.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Metamora Christian Union Church, with the Rev. Mathilda McNemar of Unity Church, Peoria, officiating.  Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery, Metamora.  Mrs. DeGuibert was an active worker at Unity Center, Peoria, and taught there several years.  She was also affiliated with the Illinois Hobby club.

Reinke De Freese, Sr. - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Benson Pioneer, Dies

Beloved Resident Passes Away at his Home, Saturday -- Funeral on Monday

With the passing of Reinke de Freese, Sr., on Saturday morning at 1:45 o'clock, the community of Benson has again lost one of its pioneer residents.

Mr de Freese was born in Ochtelbur, East Frisia, Germany, on July 17, 1850. When he was about six years old his father died and a number of years later his mother, brothers and sister emigrated to America. This left the young boy in Germany without close relatives and it was but natural that he wished to join the family in their new home. When friends of the mother were going to come to America in 1866, Reinke was confirmed in his home church and immediately thereafter he came to join the family which was living on the farm north of Benson, now occupied by Harm de Freese. Here he lived until after the death of his mother.

In 1893, on August 22, he was united in marriage with Miss Hiskea Peters. The couple lived on the farm now occupied by their son, Louis, until the spring of 1926, when they moved to Benson.

This union was blessed with six children, who all mourn the loss of their father. They are Mrs Marie Folkerts, Mrs John Manninga, Harm, Reinke, Louis and Henry. He is also survived by his widow and four grandchildren.

Mr de Freese always enjoyed good health until old age began to approach. During the past two or three years he lost strength and seldom left the house although really not sick until the last week of his life. During that week his strength failed rapidly and when pneumonia attacked him there was no hope for a prolonged life. He reached the age of 83 years, three months and 11 days.

Rev. O.H. Behrens officiated at the funeral services on Monday afternoon at St Peter's church of Benson, of which he was a member for many years. The following acted as pallbearers: Dick Gerdes, Frank Gommels, Wm. Mennen, Harm Tjaden, Ralph Oltman, E. A. Woltzen. Burial was in the church cemetery. Many from Minonk attended the funeral.

George Daniel Dobleskey - contribued by Sara Hemp

RUSHVILLE - George Daniel Dobleskey, 91, of Rushville died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville. He was born Feb. 12, 1908, in Minonk, the son of Anthony and Eva Proboconnes Dobleskey. He married Nina Poole in 1950 in Rushville; she died in 1998. Mr. Dobleskey was employed for the U.S. Post Office in Rushville from 1953 until retiring in 1976. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, serving from 1937-53. He attended First Presbyterian Church in Rushville and was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4. Survivors: a nephew, Tom Poole of Rushville; two nieces, Susan Poole of San Francisco and Thelma Dobbs of Clackamas, Ore.; a great-nephew; and a great-niece. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, the Rev. Robert Reynolds officiating. Burial: Rushville City Cemetery.

Peoria Journal Star, September 1, 1999 George Dobleskey RUSHVILLE - George Daniel Dobleskey, 91, of Rushville died at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.\par Born Feb. 12, 1908, in Minonk to Anthony and Eva Proboconnes Dobleskey, he married Nina Poole on May 14, 1950, in Rushville. She died May 28, 1998. He also was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. Surviving are one nephew, Tom Poole of Rushville; and two nieces, Susan Poole of San Francisco and Thelma Dobbs of Clackamas, Ore. A World War II veteran, he served in the Air Force from Aug. 4, 1937 to March 17, 1953. He then worked for the U.S. Post Office in Rushville from March 17, 1953 until he retired Jan. 1, 1976. He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4. He was a Roman Catholic and attended First Presbyterian Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Reynolds will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A military service by his American Legion post will be at 8 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Schuyler County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Asa Danforth
Bloomington, Ill, Nov 30 - Asa Danforth died at Washington, Ill, last night, aged 77. He was one of the wealthiest land owners of Central Illinois, owning thousands of acres in Woodford, Tazewell, and Iroquois Counties, and also in the Western States. He had banking interest in a number of Illinois cities. One of his daughters is the wife of Congressman Elect Snow, of the Ninth Illinois Congressional District.

Katherine (Eiben) DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Clarence DeGuibert, 52, died at her home in Partridge township Wednesday evening, August 22, 1934, from an affliction of cancer.  She had been in failing health for several years. 
Kate Eiben, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Eiben, was born one mile north of Benson Jan. 30, 1882.  She was married to Clarence DeGuibert about 20 years ago and he with a daughter, Vada, survive.  She also leaves two brothers and two sisters:  John Eiben of Lowpoint, Albert Eiben of Washburn, Mrs. Wilmer Strunk and Mrs. Arthur Andrews of Peoria.  When a young girl, the deceased resided with her parents southwest of Minonk, and later in the El Paso neighborhood.  After her marriage she lived in Michigan until her health began to fail.  The daughter, Vada DeGuibert, has been attending Minonk high school the past two years and staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Stimpert.  Funeral services were held at the home Saturday at 2 p.m. and burial was in the Lacon cemetery.

Henry Dressler - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Henry Dressler, 75, died at 7 p.m. Saturday at his home southwest of El Paso, from a stroke suffered two weeks ago.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  He was born Jan. 31, 1868, near Primaseno, Germany, son of Henry and Katherine Krummel Dressler.  He came to America with his parents at the age of 4, coming to El Paso 49 years ago.  He was married to Elizabeth Crusius in February, 1894.  They had resided on the same farm about three and a half miles southwest of El Paso since.  Four children survive:  Jacob H. and George of El Paso and twin daughters, Miss Edna at home, and Elsie Katherine, who died Sept. 15, 1912.  Three grandchildren, Eugene, Edson and Elsie Ann of El Paso and three brothers, Louis of Parma, Mo., Fred of Weldon and Theodore of Farmer City and one sister, Mrs H.C. Peterson of Cedar Falls, Ia., also survive.  Three sisters preceded him in death.  He was a member of Emanuel Evangelical church in El Paso.

Clarence P. DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
The body of Clarence P. DeGuibert, native of Partridge township, who died Tuesday last week at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Manley in Streator, was brought to Lacon on Thursday and graveside services were held in the Lacon cemetery, where interment was made.  The Rev. E. W. Smith officiated at the services. 
Pallbearers were Guy Hattan, Dan Steffen, Art Head, Wilmer Strunk, Paul Heffner and James Schopp.  Deceased was born April 21, 1869, one of the eight children of Louis A. and Lizzie Hoshor DeGuibert and the last to pass away.  His grandfather, a native of France and a captain in the army of Napoleon I, came to what is now Partridge township in 1833.  Clarence married Katherine Eiben March 2, 1914, who passed away in 1934, leaving besides her husband one daughter, Vada, now Mrs. Gerald Manley of Streator.  After the death of his wife Mr. DeGuibert made his home with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben in Partridge township, and after his sister's death went to Streator to make his home with his daughter.  Two years ago he suffered a stroke and never fully regained his health.  A final stroke on Tuesday, Auguest 10 caused his death.  Mr. DeGuibert was engaged in farming in Partridge township throughout his working years and was held in high esteem by all.  Funeral services were held at the Howland funeral home in Streator at 2 p.m. Thursday, following which the body was taken to the Lacon cemetery for interment.  He is survived by his daughter, Vada, of Streator and two grandchildren, Michael and Kathleen Manley.

Cecel (Wolpert) DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Friends all over this part of Woodford county were shocked and saddened Monday on receiving news of the sudden death of Mr. Cecel Wolpert DeGuibert, wife of Ellwood DeGuibert, who was found dead in her home in Partridge township at 11 o'clock Monday morning. 
She had been in her usual health and had been engaged in doing part-tim nursing.  However she submitted to an operation last fall.  A few weeks ago she suffered a cut in the arm on a fruit jar and it is believed the embolism that caused her death may have resulted from this injury.  Deceased was the daughter of the late Andrew and Flora Wolpert and was born 36 years ago.  She attended Metamora High School and graduated with the class of 1924.  Her marriage was to Ellwood DeGuibert, who survives with one daughter, Florence Marie.  She is also survived by two sisters, Vera Mae Wolpert and Mrs. Grace Keene, both of Peoria.  Funeral services were held at the Gauss mortuary chapel in Peoria at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and at 2 o'clock in the Spring Bay Evangelical Church, the Rev. Werner and the pastor, Rev. J. F. Sahlin being in charge of the services.  Many friends attended the services.  Interment was in Spring Bay cemetery.

Louis Wm. Elwood McGuire DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
The baby of Mr. and Mrs. Guy DeGuibert of Richland died Sunday.  (Burial was in Lone Hill Cemetery, Partridge Twp, Woodford Co, Illinois, USA.)

Oramell T E "Ora" DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Ora T.  DeGuibert, 55, of 2421 West Wilson Avenue in El Vista Addition, Peoria, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.  He had been in failing health for some time. 
Born in Woodford county on Jan. 11, 1890, he had been a resident of Peoria 35 years, making this the base for his work as advertising salesman for the Polack Bros. Circus.  The son of Talbot Guibert and Joanna Miller DeGuibert, he was married to Cecelia Moore in Pekin in 1929.  He held membership in the Masonic lodge and in the Christian Church at Washburn.  Surviving are the wife; and one son, Louis, now in the Navy in the Pacific; two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Decker of Detroit, Mich.; and Mrs. John Renwick of Peoria; and two half brothers, John Noll of Peoria and Stanley Noll of Topeka.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Boland mortuary.  Friends were received there Thursday afternoon and evening.  Interment is to be in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria.

William Davison - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
William Harrison "Harry" Davison, 78 years, of Sandwich, IL, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona, IL.  Harry was born August 6, 1924 in Minonk , IL, the son of the late Lester S. and Doris, nee Kerrick Davison.  He served his country honorably with the U.S. Army-Air Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement in 1984 he was employed as a pilot for United Airlines. He was a member of the Retired United Pilots Association (RUPA). He was an avid golfer able to play the game from either side of the ball because of his being "ambidextrous".   He is survived by his wife Helen, nee Beyer Davison of Sandwich, IL; daughter Sue-Ellen Davison of LaSalle, IL and sister Betty (S.S.) Woods of Pensacola, FL. His parents and brother John Davison preceded him in death.  Visitation will take place on Monday, April 14, 2003 at the Burkhart Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold St. in Sandwich, IL from 2 to 5 p.m. at which time Pastor Jenny Weber will conduct a funeral service. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Davison Cemetery west of Minonk , IL.  Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.

Tollie DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Word has been received here of the death of Tollie DeGuibert, at the home of his brother, Ora, at Jackson, Michigan.  Death came Monday at 2:15 p.m.  He had been suffering for several months with leakage and enlargement of the heart.

Deceased was a former Woodford County boy, being a grandson of the late L. A. DeGuibert of Partridge.  He is survived by his wife, mother, Mrs. A. H. Stockert, Topeka, Ill.; one brother, Ora DeGuibert, two half sisters, Mrs. Jack Broers, Washington, Ill., Mr. John Renurck, Lacon; two half brothers, John Noll of Lacon, and Stanley Noll of Topeka, Ill.  He was about 32 years old.

Lena de Freese, 105, of Roanoke, dies
BENSON - Lena deFreese, 105, formerly of rural route Benson, died at 11:55 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, where she was a resident. 
Lena was born on June 9, 1901, in Roanoke, Ill., a daughter to John A. and Anna Gastman Woltzon. She married Harm deFreese on Feb. 19, 1924, in Benson Ill. He died on June 25, 1974.  Surviving are one daughter, Edna (John W.) Meils of Rutland; six grandchildren, Rene' (Duane) Dunham of Woodstock, Ga., Craig deFreese of Orlando, Fla., Scott (Janet) Meils of Toluca, Joe (Elaine) Meils of Conway, Ark., Elaine Meils of Bloomington and Mollie (Steve) Mann of Benson; eight great-grandchildren, Ted Dunham, Jordan Pohlman, Ashley Mann, Jessie Meils, Savannah Mann, Conner deFreese, Carrie deFreese and Austin Mann.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Harold deFreese; three brothers, Albert, Ben and John Woltzen; three sisters, Fannie Woltzen, Anna Oltman and Mary Oltman; and two infant grandchildren.  Lena was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Benson, where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Ladies Aid.  Lena enjoyed gardening, baking, quilting and crocheting. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all that knew her.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. The Rev. William Hecht will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Sidney DeGuibert- contributed by Jane Foster
Sidney DeGuibert, well known member of an old Partridge township family passed away at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday.  Pneumonia developing after an operation had been performed, was the cause of death. 
Mr. DeGuibert disposed of his personal property in Partridge township, last fall and moved to 1700 North Adams Street, Peoria, where his married daughter resides.  He had been in good health prior to his last illness and the news of his death came as a great surprise to the family and friends in this county.  Deceased was a son of the late Louis and Mrs. DeGuibert, pioneer settlers in Partridge township.  He was born in that township 48 years ago and had spent his entire life there until his recent removal to Peoria.  He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. John Farrahar and Vivian and Selma; one grandchild, Mary Elizabeth; his aged mother, Mrs. L. A. DeGuibert; one sister, Mrs. Rose Eiben, and three brothers, Louis DeGuibert of Snow Hill, Md., and Clarence and Guy DeGuibert of Partridge township.  The body was taken to his mother's home in Partridge, the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben, where funeral services were held Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. Thompson of Lacon; assisted by a choir from Lacon.  The burial was in Lone Hill cemetery.

Larry Danz
EAST PEORIA - Larry Lee Danz, age 57, of East Peoria passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at 9:50 p.m. at his daughter's residence in Canton.  He was born March 27, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., to Leo W. (Alice M. Dixon) Danz.  Surviving are one daughter, Sheri and (David Bartlett) Nichols of Canton; and one brother, Lee and (Michelle Edwards) Danz of Pekin; and five grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents.  He was an Army veteran during the Vietnam Era, 1969 to 1971. He was a forklift operator for G&D Integrated in East Peoria. He loved to spend time with his family and to go fishing with his son and grandsons.  Memorial visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded with burial of ashes at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Larry Lee Danz memorial established at CEFCU.

Ernest St. Clair DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Ernest St. Clair DeGuibert, member of one of the more prominent families of Western Woodford county, passed away at the Procter Hospital in Peoria last Sunday of an illness extending over a period of several weeks. 
Deceased was taken to the hospital two weeks before his death.  He had been suffering from severe pains in the head occasionally for several months.  He was suffering from the effects of an abscess in an advanced stage when taken to the hospital and nothing could be done for him.  Mr. DeGuibert was in his 38th year.  He was born in Partridge township being a son of Mrs. L. A. DeGuibert, pioneer settlers of Partridge township.  He grew to manhood on the home farm and resided there until his marriage.  Twelve years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Katie Sewards of Lacon and the couple settled on one of the DeGuibert farms in Partridge township.  The couple had no children.  Besides his wife he is survived by his aged mother, one sister and four brothers.  The remains were taken to deceased's late home Monday and there retained until Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, when the funeral services were held.  Rev. Thompson of the Lacon M. E. Church was in charge of the services.  The body was taken to the Lacon mausoleum, in which the DeGuibert family have crypts.  The death of Mr. DeGuibert causes sorrow over a large part of Woodford and Marshall counties.  He was held in high esteem by all who knew him and all remark upon his many good qualities and his friendliness.  He possessed considerable inventive genius and had invented a number of articles, obtaining patents upon them.  He was successful in life and leaves a comfortable competence for his heart-broken wife.

Guy DeGuibert - contributed by Jane Foster
Guy DeGuibert, 60, member of a pioneer Woodford county family and for some years prominent in local and county affairs, died suddenly at 3:30 last Friday afternoon at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben, in Partridge township. 
Mr. DeGuibert had been serving as supervisor of the highway project of the works progress administration in Partridge township.  Becoming ill Thursday evening of last week he received medical attention and was advised to remain quiet for a time because of the condition of his heart.  Prior to the attack he had been enjoying good health.  Deceased was born in Partridge township Jan. 20, 1876, a son of Louis A. and Elizabeth Hoshor DeGuibert.  In his youth he attended Dixon college and afterward settled on the land in Partridge township that has been owned by the family for three generations.  His grandfather, who was a soldier under Napoleon I, came from France in 1833 and settled on Partridge creek, where he established a sawmill and engaged in farming, dying in 1866 at the age of 84 years.  On Feb. 14, 1898, Mr. DeGuibert was united in marriage with Miss Edna Ellwood; daughter of Atty. and Mrs. W. L. Ellwood, then of Metamora and later of Peoria.  To this union three children were born, Louis E., who died in infancy; Gladys E., wife of John Stauffer of Peoria, and Ellwood E., of Angleton, Tex.  Besides his wife and two children he is survived by five grandchildren, Evoli, Doris, Marjorie and Jack Stauffer, and Florence Marie DeGuibert; one sister, Rosalie, wife of John Eiben, and one brother, C. P. DeGuibert, residing in Partridge township  His parents and six brothers preceded him in death.   Mr. DeGuibert was a great lover of nature and in his young manhood was noted as an athlete.  He took an active part for many years in township and county affairs and was once a Democratic candidate for sheriff of Woodford County.  In later years he spent much time at Angleton, Tex., and in Peoria, but always regarded Partridge township as his home.  He enjoyed high esteem in a large circle of friends, who mourn his passing.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Eiben home, the services being conducted by the Rev. Chas. Monson of Lacon and music numbers were sung by a quartet.  Many friends attended the services.  At the close the body was brought to Oakwood Cemetery, Metamora, and laid to rest in the Ellwood lot.

Alice Danz

EAST PEORIA - Alice May Danz, 72, of 116 Sun Valley Court, Apt. B2, died at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.  She was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Watseka to Arthur C. and Mattie Cady Dixon.  Surviving are one son, Larry of East Peoria; two daughters, Kathy (and Terry) Webster of Metamora and Mary Price of Peoria; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Eva (and Clarence) Kirchgessner and Joyce (and Melvin) Bishel, both of Spring Bay, and Mary Guppy of Glasford.   She worked as an assembler at Key Industries from 1973 until retiring in 2001.  She was of the Lutheran faith.   Services will be at noon Friday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora, where visitation will be two hours before. The Rev. Roger Ruhman will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jack Devine
METAMORA - Jack Douglas Devine, 76, of Metamora passed away at 10:26 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.  He was born on Nov. 10, 1934, in Peoria, Ill., to Omer D. and Tessie M. (Brinkley) Devine. He married Sue Burry on July 28, 1956, in Decatur, Ill. She survives.  Surviving are sons, Jack Daniel (Gina) Devine of Minonk and Alan Douglas Devine of Shepherd, Texas; daughter, Patricia Sue Devine of Brownsburg, Ind.; seven grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his brother, Stanley (Doris) Devine of Morton; and his sister, Sharon (Rae) Heiple of Whitefish Bay, Wis.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Jack graduated from Washington High School in 1952 and from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1956 and was a member of Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society and Pharmacy Mortar and Pestle Alumni Society.  He established and owned Metamora Pharmacy from 1972 to 1998. He served as president of Central Illinois Pharmaceutical Association from 1988 to 1989, which has honored him twice with its award of merit.  Jack won the distinguished Bowl of Hygeia award for outstanding community service by a pharmacist in 1996.  He was a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American Pharmacist Association and National Community Pharmacists Association.  Jack served on the Metamora Township High School board for 10 years.  He was a longtime member of the Metamora Christian Union Church, where he had served on the church board.  He was a 25-year member of the Metamora Business and Professional Club.  He was a member of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.  He was a 42-year member of the Verlin M. Showalter Lodge 1172, AF&AM in Bartonville; member of the Shriners of North America; and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria.  Jack enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin and Texas, golfing, and gardening.
He was an inspiration to many and will be missed.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Metamora Christian Union Church, with the Rev. Gary Salm officiating. Visitation will be today from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, and also one hour prior to services at church. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington, Ill.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metamora Christian Union Church or Snyder Village.

Tena Dague Dies Suddenly in San Diego
Visiting Brother and Son; Funeral Here
Mrs. Tena Flessner Dague, 56, of Peoria, formerly of Minonk, died at the home of her brother, *J. J. Flessner at San Diego, at 6:00 a.m. last Sunday, February 8. Death was sudden and unexpected. She had arrived there for a visit two weeks earlier. Funeral Services will be held tomorrow (Friday, February 13) at 1:00 p.m. from the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home in Minonk, with the Rev. Paul Buchmueller, pastor of St. Pauls Evangelical and Reformed church, officiating. Burial will be in the Minonk cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ed Meierhofer, Dr. A. W. Kettelhut, Henry Spires, Elmer Ioerger, Folkert Harms and Calvin Gaisford. Deceased was born at Minonk on March 16, 1896, a daughter of Julius and Frances Folkerts Flessner. She was reared and educated in Minonk and vicinity and was married to Harry Dague at Joliet. He died on February 6, 1939. She spent most of her life in Minonk, but moved to Peoria several years ago. She is survived by one son, James Dague of San Diego, Calif,; and by the following brothers and sisters: Frank Flessner of Los Angeles, Calif., Carl Flessner of Amboy, Mrs. Grace Butterworth of Indianapolis, Ind.; John Flessner of Peoria, and H. J. Flessner of San Diego, Calif. *note: should be H. J. Flessner (Heye J. Flessner) - contributed by KJH

James H. Dague
Metamora - James H. Dague, 62, of RR 3, Metamora, was dead of natural causes at 11 a.m. yesterday (Feb. 8, 1990) at his home. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Minonk Twonship Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, is in charge of arrangements. He was born July 30, 1927, in Minonk, the son of Harry H. and Tena G. Flessner Dague. There are no known survivors. Any relatives of Mr. Dague are asked to contact the Woodford County sheriff's office. He was a retired truck driver for Preston Truck Lines, Peoria, and a World War II Army veteran...contributed by KJH

Herman F. Durre
The funeral service for Herman F. Durre, 81 of Minonk will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 28, 2002 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, with Military Services conducted by Minonk American Legion Post. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church. Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. Mr. Durre passed away 5:30 P.M. Monday, March 25, 2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minonk where he had been a resident for the past two years. Mr. Durre was born August 19, 1920 in Flanagan, Illinois the son of Albert and Hatti Yordy Durre. He married Marjorie E. Zivney on February 1, 1949 in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Marc L (Fran) Durre and John N. (Bonnie) Durre, both of Minonk, four sisters, Hilda Schertz, Erdene Moline, and Mary Ellen (Martin) Lange all of Peoria and Luella Koch of Flanagan, three brothers, Richard (Agnes) Durre, Robert (Marjorie) Durre, Myron (Marie) Durre all of Flanagan. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Wendy Durre, Jason Durre and Joseph Durre. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. He was a farmer in the Minonk and Flanagan areas, he also worked at Durre Bros. and Minonk Dairy. Mr. Durre was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Minonk and Minonk American Legion Post. He was Army Veteran of WWII and was stationed in Alaska and India. Now let us thy servant depart in peace.

George DeFries
MINONK George DeFries, 84. died at 3 a. m. Saturday at his home. Death was caused by heart disease which he had suffered for more than a year. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday at the residence with the Rev. Paul Buchmueller in charge. Burial will be in the Minonk cemetery. Mr.  DeFriea  was  born  Oct. 10. 1855   at   Twixlum,   Germany. He came to this country in 1868 with his parents. He was a pioneer in this community and with the exception of two years in Nebraska he spent most of his life in this community. He married Miss Henrietta Leffers in 1883. She survives with the following children: One daughter.  Mrs.  Allie  Leider, Minonk and four sons, George Jr., Herman,   Frank,   all  of   Minonk and Henry, Fairbury. Six grandchildren also survive. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge for 60 years. He was a charter member of the Allen Rebekah lodge. Mr. and Mrs. DeFries celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1933. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Mar 19, 1939]

Fred Durre Sr.
Minonk-Funeral services for Fred William Durre Sr. who died at 7:10 p. m. Friday, will be held at 1 p. m. Monday at the residence four miles east of Minonk and at 1:30 p. m. Monday at the Windtown church. Burial will be in the Minonk cemetery. Mr. Durre was born Sept. 8, 1872 at Ringenswalde. Germany. He came to the United Stairs when he was 12 years old and has farmed in this community for 40 years. The following brothers and sisters survive; Herman, Cleveland. Ohio; William, Payne. Ohio; Albert. El Paso; Charles, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Hansen. Flanagan. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois] Mar 19, 1939]

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