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Agnes Hartzler

Agnes Evelyn Hartzler, 98, died at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at Maple Lawn, Eureka She was born Dec. 3, 1910, in Hopedale, the daughter of John and Lydia Litwiller Nafziger. She married Robert Hartzler on Feb. 1, 1942, in Hopedale. He died in March of 2002.

Survivors include three daughters, Alice (Jon) Kennell, Eureka, Ila (Neal) Stolzfus, Baton Rogue, La., and Priscilla (Charles) Hawkinson, Galesburg; one son, Stan (Shelia Hartzler, Archer City, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, six sisters and two grandchildren.

Hartzler attended Goshen (Ind.) College and Illinois State University, Normal. She was an elementary school teacher, beginning with a one-room class at Maple Grove in Morton and later taught at Groveland Grade School from 1955 until her retirement in 1968. Hartzler was of the Mennonite faith.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Maple Lawn with the Rev. Doug Hicks officiating. A private burial will be held in Hopedale Minnonite Cemetery, Hopedale. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home, Morton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn or to goshen college.

Helen Heppard
Helen B. Heppard, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon. She was born Sept. 19, 1915, in rural Woodford County, the daughter of Charles and Mabel Kline Wolfe. Survivors include one brother, Merton (Rose) Wolfe, LaMirada, Calif., and one sister, Marjorie Doyle, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She was preceded in death by one brother. Heppard worked as a showroom manager for William Schuring Co., in Chicago, retiring in 1983. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date in the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, rural Roanoke. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, is handling the arrangements.

Charles H. Heck - contributed by Jane Foster
Charles H. Heck, 73, of Lowpoint, died at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at Eureka Hospital where he had been a patient two weeks. Funeral services were Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, the Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating.  Burial was in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery, Washburn.  Mr. Heck was born June 21, 1900, in Cazenovia Township, a son of Fred and Mary Schneider Heck.  He married Margaret Foster in February, 1926.  She died in 1959.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Gronewald, Lowpoint; two brothers, Jesse, Washington; and Marion, Lowpoint; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Foster, Lowpoint; and two grandchildren.  A brother and a sister preceded him in death

Irvin Hall
EL PASO - Irvin Hall, 76, of 3520 N. Rochelle, Peoria, formerly of El Paso, died at 8:35 p.m. Saturday (April 21, 2007) at Sharon Health Care Willows, Peoria. Service: Private family graveside service was at Harper Cemetery, rural El Paso. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, is handling arrangements. Survivors: six brothers, Gene, Berwyn; Jim, Creve Couer; George and Al, both of Gridley; Floyd, Wisconsin; and Dan, Indiana; and three sisters, Velma, Michigan; Ruth, Minnesota; and Irene, Wisconsin.

Mrs. T. W. Hensley
Friday morning at 4 o'clock the death of Mrs. T. W. Hensley occurred after a long and painful illness. Mrs. Hensley has been a resident of this city for many years and was a member of the Old Settlers Association. Her funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday after which the remains were taken to the cemetery just northwest of Cruger for burial. The deceased leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss.

Robert N. "Bob" Hartzler
Robert N. "Bob" Hartzler, 69, Minonk, died at 6:24 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2007) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was born June 9, 1937, in rural Minonk, the son of Roy and Martha Stutzman Hartzler. He married Mary Timmerman on May 18, 1958, in Minonk. She survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Gary (Connie) Hartzler, Tuscon, Ariz., and Todd (Cindy) Hartzler, Minonk; one daughter, Lisa (Jay) Junker, Minonk; three brothers, Ed Hartzler and Duane (Marcia) Hartzler, both of Minonk, and John (Joan) Hartzler, Phoenix, Ariz; three sisters, Leona Janssen, Roanoke, Helen Bachman, Pelzer, S.C. and Mary (John) Kirkton, Minonk; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers.  Hartzler served in the Navy. He was a self-employed building contractor and operated Hartzler construction in Minonk.  Services were Monday at the Minonk Presbyterian Church. His son, the Rev. Gary Hartzler, officiated. Visitation was held before the service at the church. Burial was in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to any charity.

Florence Hammer
Eureka - Florence "Flossie" Hammer, 78, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, where she was a resident. She was born Nov. 1, 1928, in Congerville, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Witzig Miller. She married Theodore Hammer on April 5, 1982, in Kissimmee, Fla. He died June 27, 1988. Survivors include two stepsons, Don Hammer, Anchor, and Wayne Hammer, Fairbury; one stepdaughter, Hulone Schieder, Freeport; two brothers, Walter (Betty) Miller, Goodfirld, and Jake (Marian) Miller, Carlock; two sisters, Ida (Chris) Schweigert, Tremont, and Ann Bullington, East Peoria; several stepgrandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lena Miller, Montgomery, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and four sisters. Hammer attended Congerville AC Church, Congerville. Services were yesterday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka. Visitation was held before the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Goodfield-Congerville AC Chruch Cemetery, rural Goodfirld. Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Eureka.

Margaret J. Heck - contributed by Jane Foster
Lowpoint --- Mrs. Margaret J. Heck, 54, Lowpoint, died at 4 p.m. Sunday at Eureka Hospital.  She had been a patient there two weeks.  The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mason Funeral Home in Metamora.  Burial was in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery near Washburn.  She was born Aug. 10, 1905, in Cazenovia Township, daughter of William J. and Lulu Ramsey Foster.  She was married to Charles Heck in Dwight on Feb. 21, 1926.  They lived on a farm near Lowpoint.  Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Gronewald, Lowpoint; one brother, Bernard Foster, Cazenovia; and one grandchild.

Ann Hangartner
Roanoke - Ann Hangartner, 104, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, where she was a resident. She was born Sept. 8, 1902, in Roanoke, the daughter of John and Hulda Steffen Beer. She married William Hangartner on March 7, 1924, in Metamora. He died June 16, 1974. Survivors include one daughter, Doris Irving, St. Charles; one son, Marvin (Gwen) Hangartner, Normal; one sister, Margaret Beer, Roanoke; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers. Hangartner was a member of the Roanoke AC Church, rural Roanoke. Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the church with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kanpp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Roanoke.

 

The following obits contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
 

Last Rites for John Harms, Benson, Friday Died Tuesday Night at Pontiac Hospital

John A. Harms, 65, Benson farmer, died at the Pontiac hospital at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday evening, Apr. 1, 1952. He had been afflicted with a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon (Friday, Apr.4). at St Peter's church, two miles west of Benson, with Rev. C.J. Gess officiating. Burial will be in Benson cemetery. Pallbearers will be Wayne Norman, Henry DeFries, Ernest Garrels, Louis Woltzen, Lester Tjaden and Lloyd Wagner. Mr Harms was born at Minonk, on Sept. 29, 1886, a son of George and Etta Ewing Harms. He received his education in Rutland schools, then went to Benson, where he was engaged in farming for the remainder of his active life. He was united in marriage with [Frauke] Frances Poppinga at Benson, on Feb. 28, 1912, and they have continued to make their home in the Benson vicinity. He was a member of St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson. Mr Harms is survived by his widow, Mrs Frances Harms, two sons, Russell Harms of Wenona, and George Harms of Benson; and two daughters, Mrs Florence Mees of Mendota, and Mrs Frances Haas of El Paso. There are seven grandchildren, and he is also survived by a brother, Harm G. Harms of Rutland, and two sisters, Mrs Elsie Ireland of Vandalia, and Mrs Ollie Vinecore of Rutland. He was preceded in death by two sons, Harry and Eric Harms.

Mrs Henry Harms Lifelong Resident, Dies This Morning - Death Attributed to Lingering Illness and Complications

Mrs Henry G. Harms, 44, a lifelong resident of this area, died at 9:15 this morning at her home in Minonk. Cause of death was attributed to complications that followed a lingering illness. The Wilcox Funeral home is in charge of arrangements for the funeral, however as yet, they are incomplete. She will be buried in the Minonk cemetery and the Rev. S. L. Buchanan will officiate. The deceased was born Maude Adele Schneider, in Clayton township on August 30, 1897, the daughter of Henry and Margaret Schneider. In the spring of 1912 the family moved to a farm one-half mile east of Minonk, and it was here that she resided until her marriage to Henry G. Harms on December 24, 1922. To this union two children, a son, Adrian, and a daughter, Thora, ages 14 and 7 respectively, were born. Following their marriage the couple went to housekeeping on a farm five miles southeast of this city. They moved to Minonk in 1936. Approximately seven years ago Mrs Harms became blind, however, later her eyesight improved slightly and she was able to carry on her household tasks. In January of this year the illness that ended in her death began. Survivors in addition to her widower and children include her parents; three sisters, Mrs Louis Jochums of Minonk, Mrs Harm W. Harms of Benson, and Mrs Clair Woltzen of Dana, and one brother, Donald Schneider of this city. One sister, Mina, preceded her in death on February 14, 1923. The deceased was educated in the Minonk schools and was a follower of the Baptist faith.

Mrs. Huntling, 86, Died in California; Was a Seggerman

Word has just been received of the death of Mrs. Margaret Huntling, 86, a native of Minonk, at her home in Los Angeles, Calif., on the fourth of July. Mrs. Huntling was the daughter of the late Jasper H. and Rixte Ludeman Seggerman. She was aged 86 years, 10 months and 27 days at the time of her passing. She was married to Burtus Huntling, in Minonk, in the 1880s. They had 13 children, of which 2 daughters and 8 sons survive. Her husband passed away about 40 years ago while they were visiting in this city. After their marriage the Huntlings moved to Kansas and Nebraska. It has been more than 40 years since they resided in Minonk, and while her children were all born and raised in Kansas and Nebraska, and are not generaly known here, she is survived by two sisters and two brothers who are well known in this city. They are: Mrs. H. M. Harms and Albert Seggerman, both of Minonk; Dick Seggerman, of Chicago; and Mrs. Ben Jenkinson of South Shore, So. Dak.

Mrs Arthur Harms Dies in Hospital on Saturday Morning - Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon at Baptist Church

Mrs Arthur E. Harms, 42 year old well known and beloved resident of this city, passed away quite unexpectedly at 3:55 o'clock last Saturday morning in the Mennonite hospital in Bloomington, death being due to pulmonary embolism. She had entered the hospital Tuesday of last week, undergoing a major operation on last Wednesday. She was apparently recovering satisfactorily from the operation and was thought to have been on the road to recovery. Early Saturday morning, however, she grew worse and her passing came but a short time later. As Lena Adams, she was born September 15, 1897, near Marshfield, Pa., a daughter of Albert C. and Edna Stephens Adams. Her childhood was spent in Pennsylvania and New York, the family later coming to Illinois.

She was united in marriage with Arthur E. Harms, of Minonk, December 6, 1916, in this city. They lived on a farm near Panola for four years and then went to Aurora to live. Mr Harms was stricken with infantile paralysis in August, 21, and from then on she devoted herself unstintedly to caring for him with the utmost love and tenderness, always solicitous first of all for his comfort and well-being both day and night. In 1922, they moved to Chicago, returning to Minonk in 1930, where they have since resided with his parents, Mr and Mrs H. M. Harms, on West Fifth street. The deceased was an accomplished musician and she and her husband were called upon to sing at evangelistic meetings throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. They were also in constant demand in this community, where her beautiful soprano voice was prasied by all who heard her sing. She was a member of the Baptist church, and was quite active in the work of that congregation, being a member of the Missionary cosiety and teacher of the Fellowship Sunday school class. She possessed the very highest ideals and held to the highest standards of Christian living and never failed to use her influence toward their promotion, whenever the opportunity afforded.

Everywhere she went she won the love and admiration of all who knew her, by her beautiful Christian character and her sunny disposition. Her unfailing cheerfulness and radiant smile were an inspiration, bringing cheer into the lives of many, and it was with deep regret that her many friends throughout this community learned of her sudden passing.

Surviving are her grief-striken husband, Arthur E. Harms; her father, Albert C. Adams, Sr., of Phoenix, Ariz,; a sister, Mrs G. A. Youngstrom of Binghampton, N.Y.; a brother, C. Edward Adams of Binghampton, N.Y.; a half sister, Mrs Robert McLaughlin of Mont Rose, Pa.; and a half brother, Albert C. Adams, Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist church, with Rev. S. L. Buchanan, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery. Pallbearers were: Vernon Smith, Jesse Underwood, Robert Goff, Martin Mehlberg, Clarence Smith and Gerald Harms. Flower bearers were: Mrs Joseph Tallyn, Miss Pauline Sullivan, Miss Lillian Mehlberg, Miss Mary Boyer, Mrs Jesse Underwood, Mrs Robert Goff, Mrs Vernon Smith and Mrs Louis Reese, and the members of the Fellowship quartet. Music was furnished by the Fellowship quartet of which her husband had been a member, Ira J. White filling the place of Mr Harms in the quartet. They sang "He Will Keep", "Rock of Ages", and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye".

Edd Harms, 69, Died at His Home Near Toluca

Edd Harms, 69, died at 1:40 p.m. Friday at his farm home three miles south of Toluca

His funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at St John's Lutheran church in Toluca, with Rev. A. J. Lechner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. He was a member of St John's church. Mrs Sophia Schulte and Mrs Blanche Schumacher sang several hymns accompanied by Mrs Alma Christ at the organ. Pallbearers were John Maack, Glen Rithmiller, Christ Korneman, C. A. Kiger, Ernest Winkel and Fred Garrels. He was born Feb. 28, 1890 near Benson, a son of Alje and Betke Vissering Harms. He married Ella deWeerth, Feb. 20, 1917, in Bartonville. He had farmed near Toluca for 39 years. Surviving are his wife; a son, Alfred, of Rutland; a daughter, Mrs Cornelia Schumacher of La Rose; two brothers, Folkert and Henry Ahrms of Minonk; three sisters, Mrs Foley deWeerth and Miss Elsie Harms of Peoria; Mrs Elizabeth Bruns of Holland, Ind.; five grandchildren.

Student of Benson High School Dies Tuesday at Noon - Eric John Harms Passes Away in St James Hospital in Pontiac

Eric John Harms, 15 year old sophomore in the Benson Community high school, passed away at noon Tuesday in St James hospital at Pontiac, following an appendix operation on last Friday. He was born August 13, 1926, in Benson, the son of Mr and Mrs John A. Harms, and had spent his lifetime in that community. He attended the Benson schools and was a sophomore in the high school at the time of his death. The deceased was a member of the Benson high school baseball team, and was a member of the newly formed basketball squad of the school. He was also quite active in the Benson chapter, Future Farmers of America. He was a member of St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson, and of the Sunday school and Luther League. He was a young man of sterling qualities and will be missed by old and young alike. Surviving to mourn his untimely passing, are his parents; two brothers, Russel Harms of Eureka, and Pvt. George Harms of Boulder City, Nev.; two sisters, Mrs Robert Mees of Stronghurst, and Miss Frances Harms, at home. A brother, Harry, preceded him in death in January, 1918. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson, with Rev. O.A. Braunschweig, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Benson cemetery.

Mrs John G. Harms, Benson, Passes Away - 51-Year Old Lady Died at Hospital

Mrs Mathilda Harms, 51, of Benson, died at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday evening, April 8, at the St James hospital in Pontiac. She had been ill for a long time, and death occurred following surgery earlier in the day. Her husband, John G. Harms of Benson, is seriously ill in the same hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon (Friday) from St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson, with the Rev C. J. Gess officiating. Burial will be in the Benson cemetery with Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home of Minonk in charge. Mrs Harms was born Mathilda Hinrichs at Flanagan, on Oct. 6, 1900, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Wiechman Hinrichs. She was married to Mr Harms at Flanagan. She is survived by her husband and two children: Eldon Harms of Minonk, and Miss Marilyn Harms at home in Benson. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs Geo. Otto of Gridley, Mrs Eilert Henkel of Flanagan, and Mrs Ed Janssen of Minonk, and one brother, Herman Hinrichs of Ohio. She was a member of St Paul's Lutheran church at Benson.

H. W. Harms, 64, Lifelong Resident of Benson, Is Stricken While Helping With Oats Harvest; Funeral to be Next Saturday

Harm W. Harms, 64, of Benson, dropped dead at noon Wednesday, July 23, while helping with the oats harvest on his farm, east of Benson. Death was caused by a heart ailment for which he had been under a doctor's care for some time. This was learned at an inquiry conducted by Coroner C. E. Cryer of El Paso, who determined that an inquest would not be necessary.
The body was taken to the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home in Minonk, where friends may call after 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon (Friday, July 25). Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from St Paul's Lutheran church in Benson, with the Rev. Clarence Gess, pastor, officiating, and burial in Clayton township cemetery, Benson. Pallbearers are to be Adrian Harms, Jack Jochums, Shirley Zivney, Alfred Harms, Eldon Harms, Harold Shoemaker.
Mr Harms was born near Benson on Nov. 17, 1893, a son of Alje and Ketke (should be Betke) Vissering Harms. He was educated in rural schools and spent his whole life in Benson and vicinity. He was engaged in farming until 1952, when he retired and moved into Benson. He was a director of the Benson Farmers' Elevator and a member of St Paul's Lutheran church in Benson.
Mr Harms was united in marriage with Rachel Schneider, in Peoria, Dec. 25, 1920. She survives with a son and two daughters; Robert Harms of Benson; Mrs Ruth Hauptman, of Bloomington; and Mrs Florence Lawrence, also of Bloomington. There are three grandchildren, and he is also survived by three brothers and three sisters: Folkert Harms and Henry Harms, both of Minonk; Edd Harms of Toluca; Miss Elsie Harms and Mrs Foley Deewerth, both of Peoria, and Mrs Elizabeth Bruns of Holland, Ind. He was preceded in death by three brothers.

Mrs John Harms, 65, of Benson, Dies; Funeral Tomorrow

Mrs John A. Harms, 65, a resident of Benson and vicinity for the last 60 years, died at St Mary's hospital, Streator, at 3:30 Tuesday morning, Jan. 13. She was afflicted with a lingering illness, and had been in the hospital the last six weeks. Funeral services will be held from Benson Lutheran church tomorrow afternoon (Friday, Jan. 16) at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Clarence Gess, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Benson cemetery with the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home of Minonk, in charge. Pallbearers will be Wayne Norman, Henry Koch, Henry deFreese, Lloyd Wagner, Roy Schertz and Carl Vogel. Deceased was born Frances [Frauke] Poppinga, a daughter of Thomas and Gretchn Poppinga, in Germany, on April 28, 1889. She was brought to America at the age of 4 years, and the family settled near Benson. She was united in marriage with John A. Harms, at Benson, on Feb. 28, 1912. He died in April, 1952. She is survived by two sons, Russell Harms of Wenona, and George Harms of Benson; and two daughters, Mrs James Haas of El Paso, and Mrs Robert Mees of Kewanee. There are alsonine grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs Anna Atkins of Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs Oscar Stimpert of Streator. Her husband, two children and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of St Paul's Lutheran church of Benson.

Harm M. Harms, 84, Died Last Night at Daughter's Home in New York; Funeral to be Here, Saturday

Harm M. Harms, 84, a lifelong resident of Minonk, died early last night (Wednesday, March 2) at the home of his daughter, Mrs Hilda Wood, at Brewster, N.Y. He had been ill for a long time, and had gone to New York to be with his daughter in November. Funeral services will be held from the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial HOme, in this city, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, March 5, with the Rev. Charles Auerswald, pastor of the Minonk Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in the Minonk cemetery. Mr Harms was born in Minonk on May 7, 1870, a son of Menke and Jane Saathoff Harms. During his active life he was engaged in farming, and after retiring he became a real estate broker and was active in that business until his last illness. He was married to Helene Seggerman, at Minonk, on Jan. 6, 1895. She survives with a daughter, Mrs Hilda Wood, of Brewster, N. Y., and a son, Arthur Harms, at home. There is also one sister, Mrs Herman H. Smith of Paris, Ill.

Tjark R. Harms Died Suddenly This Morning - Funeral Will Be Sunday Afternoon

Tjark R. Harms, 59, died at his home in this city, on N. Maple avenue, at 7:30 o'clock this morning. He suffered a severe heart attack more than a year ago and had been going down gradually since that time. He was born on a farm in Minonk township, a son of Jon and Antje Rients Harms on Dec. 15, 1893. There he grew to manhood, working on his parents' farm. He was married to Miss Lilly Oltman of Benson, in St Peter's church of that village, on May 20, 1920. Surviving are the wife and three sons; Alfred G. Harms of Cisco, Eldon W. Harms of Benson, and Marvin Virgil Harms, who is serving in the U.S. Marines and is stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Also left to mourn his loss are the following brothers and sisters: Eilt Harm and Mrs Annie Kalkwarf of Flanagan; John Harms, Mrs Gertie Kettwich, Mrs Minnie Kettwich, Henry Harms and Mrs Marie Budde of Minonk, and George Harrms of Benson. Mr and Mrs Harms resided on a farm near Minonk until two years ago when they purchased the first of the newly built houses by the Minonk-Dana school, and moved to this city. He was a veteran of World War I and was an auctioneer, a member of St Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church of Minonk, and of the American Legion Post No. 142. He had served as president and member of the Minonk Community Board of Education. Funeral services will be held at the St Paul's church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Paul Buchmueller, and burial will be made in the Minonk cemetery. Friends may call at the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home after 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The Minonk Legion will conduct burial rites.

Peter Haas, Sr., 94, El Paso merchant for many years, died suddenly at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at his home

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St Mary's church in El Paso. Burial will be in St Joseph's cemetery. Peter Haas Sr. was born Feb. 17, 1848, on a farm in Worth township, Woodford county, son of John and Anna Mary Rosenberger Haas. He was the last surviving member of his family. He came to El Paso in 1868 and on Jan. 12, 1869, married Miss Anna Elizabeth Reising. They lived on the former Charles Bailey farm until moving to El Paso in 1886. In 1894, he expanded his farm implement business to include hardware and plumbing. His sons, Peter Jr., and Frank were taken into the firm in 1905, Mr Haas retiring in 1921. Survivors are the following children: Mrs. B. F. O'Neil, Goodland, Ind., Mrs A. P. Brown, Beaversville; Mrs Anna Krones, Peter L. Jr., Frank J., Mrs Clara Clark, Rolland and Mrs C. E. Barclay, all of El Paso. Thirty grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren also survive. His wife, one son, and one daughter preceded him in death. He was a charter member of the El Paso branch of the Catholic Total Abstinence Union of America and had kept his membership since 1874.

Virgil R. Hattan, 86, of Minonk, a lifelong farmer, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1993 at Lida Home, Minonk

His funeral was 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, the Rev. Gerald Kaskela officiating. Burial was in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Mr Hattan was born July 12, 1907, in Linn Township, Woodford County, a son of Floyd and Rosa Redd Hattan. He married Frieda Ruestman Dec. 24, 1931, in Minonk. She died April 8, 1975. He married Alvina {Allvena] Tjaden July 12, 1979, in Minonk. She survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Diana Kolb, Benson; one son, Donald Hattan, Washburn; one brother Vivian Hattan, LaRose; one sister, Carol Schwab, Roanoke; two stepdaughters, Marilyn Milashoski, Minonk, and Lorene Robbins, Verchanza [Vicenza], Italy; one stepson, Harold Tjaden, Minonk; five step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Three brothers, one sister, one step-granddaughter and two great-grandchildren preceded him in death. Mr Hattan had farmed in the Washburn area and was a member of the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service committeeman. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arthur Harms, 77, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday at Dowling Park, Florida

His funeral will be at Folkers Memorial Home, Minon. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Hilda Wood, Dowling Park. Mr. Harms graduated from Minonk High School and attended Aurora College. He was a piano teacher and the director of music for Minonk Baptist Church for many years. He was a member of Bixler Memorial Church, Dowling Park.k, at 4 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Harry Sanders officiating. Burial will be at Minonk Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral service. Mr. Harms was born on July 22, 1896, at Minonk, the son of H. M. and Halene Seggerman Harms. He married Lena S. Adams on Dec. 9, 1916. She died in 1936


Eldon Harms
MINONK -- Eldon W. Harms, 76, formerly of Minonk, died at 1:50 p.m. Saturday (June 19, 2004) at ASTA Care Center, Toluca, where he had been a resident. Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pattonsburg Christian Church, Pattonsburg. Burial: Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk, the Rev. Tim Barber officiating. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. Memorials: Pattonsburg Christian Church. Survivors: one daughter, Eldonna Harms, Washburn; one son, Ladd L. (Julie) Harms, Washburn; one brother, Alfred Harms, Champaign; and two grandchildren. . (view short bio)

Charles Hunzinger - contributed by Beth Franke McMahon

Charles Hunzinger, 103, Roanoke dies

Charles Hunzinger, 103, died at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Hospital Medical Center, Peoria. He had lived at the Apostolic Christian Home, Roanoke, for the past 1½ years. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor, the Rev. Thomas Diamond officiating. Burial will be in the Secor Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Duffy Funeral Service, Roanoke, and one hour prior to services at the church Saturday.
He was born in Roanoke Township March 24, 1873, a son of John and Magdalene Wurfzburger Hunzinger. He married Emma Miller Sept. 20, 1920 in Secor. She died in November 1966.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Rippel, Secor; a brother, Frank Hunzinger, Roanoke; a granddaughter and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, two brothers, five sisters and a grandson. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor. He farmed in the Secor area most of his life and had been a caretaker at Secor Cemetery.
On his 103rd birthday, Hunzinger told a Daily Pantagraph reporter that what he would like for his birthday was a "good looking nurse".
On his 100th birthday, he was asked how he managed to live to be a centenarian. He replied that "I hang onto the trees". Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Delores "Dee" Hickman - contributed by Sara Hemp

Delores "Dee" Hickman, 71, Greeley, Colo., died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colo. She was born Oct. 13, 1932, in El Paso, the third of five children born to Samuel Henry and the Rev. Ruby Irene (West) Whitten. She married John C. Hickman Sept. 2, 1950. He survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Brenda Hunter and friend John Stahley, and Debie Coleman, all of Greeley, Colo.; one son, Greg (Tina Ortega) Hickman, Loveland, Colo.; and seven grandchildren, John Coleman, Georgia, Nick Dinkel, Brianne, Amanda and Seth Hunter and Jeanette Hickman, all of Greeley, Colo., and Chris Hunter, Iowa. She graduated from Bushnell High School, where she participated in music and drama and later worked for a radio station. She returned to Bushnell for most of her class reunions. After her marriage, she and her husband lived in Troy, Ohio for 10 years, where she was active with the Troy Civic Theater. She loved gardening and being a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She and her husband were members of the Church of God of Anderson, Ind. In August 1968, they moved to Greeley, Colo. She worked in the insurance industry and owned Dee Lee Insurance Agency in Eaton and Windsor. She loved gospel music and was a firm believer in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She loved reading, sewing for her grandchildren and cooking for family gatherings. Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment was at the Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Colo. Memorials may be made to the Children\rquote s Hospital, Denver, Colo. Send to Stoddard Funeral Home, Greeley, Colo. 80631.

Mrs. Frank A. Hubbell Dies at Her Home in Wichita Kansas - Former El Paso Lady - contributed by Joyce Wylie

Last Saturday friends here received word of the death of Mrs. F.A. Hubbell in Wichita, Kan., the telegram stating that interment would be made in El Paso
on Monday afternoon. Alta Mae Cannon was born in Secor, Ill., April 9, 1873 to Mr. and Mrs. James Cannon then of that village, but later residents of El Paso. She was married to F.A. Hubbell, a harness dealer then of El Paso May 15, 1890. Some twenty-two years ago Mr. Hubbell sold his establishment here to Wm. Kridner and moved to Roanoke, going from there to Urbana and later to Wichita where Mr. Hubbell is engaged in the automobile trade. Some weeks ago Mrs. Hubbell became afflicted with some nervous trouble and went to the hospital for treatment. Not gaining much relief she returned to her home and was about the house as usual, until last Friday evening. January 14, she suddenly passed away from streptococcus angina her trouble having attacked her throat.
Mrs. Hubbell was the eldest of two daughters born to her parents, the other one being Mrs. C.A. Bongart, now a resident of Urbana. The parents have passed
away, their names being interred in our cemetery. The deceased will be remembered by the friends here as a bright, sprightly young lady, much given to
out of door activities. The bicycle had come into common use during the time she resided here and she and Mr. Hubbell were among our greatest enthusiasts. The
couple took long trips awheel, thinking nothing of pedaling to distant cities and return. The automobile company which Mr. Hubbell represents had just
arranged to send him to Australia on a two years’ business trip, his wife to accompany him, but her demise may now determine Mr. Hubbell to decline the
appointment.
The remains arrived here Monday afternoon from the south and short services were held from the Presbyterian church at 3:00 o’clock, Rev. Cryor officiating.
Interment was in the Cannon family lot in the city cemetery. Among those who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bongart, of
Urbana; Mrs. George Tawser, H.L. Tawser and Earl Massey, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Massey of Spring Bay.

Anna M. Hartter - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
EUREKA - Anna M. Hartter, 100, of 610 W. Cruger, formerly of 407 N. Main, died at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 1991, at Eureka Community Hospital. Born April 16, 1891, in Gridley to John and Katherine Kauffman Schurch, she married Samuel Hartter on Nov. 26, 1913, in Peoria. He died Oct. 4, 1976. Three sisters also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Calvin of Eureka; two daughters, Mrs. Alf (Martha) Grusy of Eureka and Jane Hartter of East Peoria; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was a member of Eureka Apostolic Christian Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at her church, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 tonight at Otto- Argo Funeral Home, Eureka, and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Roanoke Apostolic Church Cemetery. 

G. Elof Hylin
WENONA - G. Elof Hylin, 100, of Minonk, formerly of Wenona, died noon Thursday at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. Her (should read 'his') funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church, Wenona, the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will be in Wenona City Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Monday at the church, with Masonic services at 1 p.m. Hurst Funeral home, Wenona, is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include a sister, Erma Shattack of Alabama, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Tilton Howard
Fairbury, Ill - March 26 -
Tilton Howard, one of our esteemed citizens, died yesterday, aged 64 years. Mr. Howard was one of the old settlers in Illinois. His parents settle in Shawneetown in 1826 and afterward moved to Morgan County. In 1843 he moved to Woodford County, at Washburn, and lived there until after the war. Some of his children are living near this place. He sold his farm in Woodford and came to Fairbury. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and in the days of underground railroads was on the side of freedom. He leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his loss.

Alfred G. "Al" Harms - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Alfred G. "Al" Harms, 85, of Champaign, passed away Aug. 19, 2006, following an extended recovery period from heart surgery. 
Born on Oct. 4, 1920, in Minonk, he traveled the world extensively but always remained a proud resident of Central Illinois.  A member of "The Greatest Generation", he served as a naval aviator flying PBM Mariner aircraft throughout the Pacific during World War II.  After the war, he graduated from the University of Illinois and then farmed for many years near Monticello. He later served as a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois, including multiple overseas assignments to India, Africa and South America.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Tjark and Lilly Harms, and his brothers, Eldon and Marvin.  He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Marcia (George) Edwards, Austin, Texas; sons, Alfred (Gina) Jr., Sanford, Fla.; and Thomas (Maggie), Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many friends and relatives.  Interment in Minonk Township Cemetery will follow.
 

Grace H. Hofstatter
LOWPOINT -- Grace H. Hofstatter, 87, of 401 Ninth St., Lacon, formerly of Lowpoint, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 1995,
at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon.  She was born April 15, 1908, in Cazenovia Township, Woodford County, to Herman and Meta Renken Hofstatter. Surviving are two sisters, Phoebe Wiltz of Streator and Mrs.  Robert (Lillian) Schierer of Eureka. She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.  She was a member of Lowpoint United Methodist Church, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. George Knox will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery in Washburn. Mason Funeral Home in Metamora is in charge of arrangements.   Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Nursing Home or her church.
 

Edward L. "Ed" Hofstatter
LOWPOINT -- Edward L. "Ed" Hofstatter, 78, of rural Lowpoint died at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 1993, at his residence. 
Born May 6, 1914, in Washburn to Herman and Metta Renken Hofstatter, he married Dorothy Whitmer on April 25, 1946, in Metamora. She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Tom (Marta) Tucker of Aledo; two sons, Herman and Alan, both of Lowpoint; four sisters, Grace Hofstatter of Lacon, Mrs. William (Phoebe) Wilts of Streator, Mrs. C.D. (Margaret) Haney of Washburn and Mrs. Robert (Lillian) Schierer of Eureka; and 10 grandchildren. Three sisters preceded him in death.   He was a farmer. He also was a member of Lowpoint United Methodist Church.   Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church. The Rev. George Harding will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight Mason Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Lowpoint Bethel Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to his church.

Wilma L. Hare
LOW POINT - Wilma L. Hare, 84, of Low Point was called home to the Lord at 6:15 p.m. Friday (June 15, 2007) at the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke.  She was born July 9, 1922, in Low Point to William S. and Lydia "Allie" (DeBolt) Kenyon. She married Joseph G. Hare on April 16, 1943, in Kahoka, Mo. He died Feb. 7, 1983.  Surviving are three sons, Alan (Sandy) Hare of Henry, Carter (Myra) Hare of Washburn and Norman (Terry) Hare of Metamora; two daughters, Marcia Fandel of Roanoke and Janis Smith of Washington; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  Wilma was a respected Bible study teacher who led a community Bible study for years. She was an excellent cook who left behind many favorite family recipes and was a lifelong member of Oak Grove Church of the Brethren in Low Point.  Her service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel. The Rev. Robert De Bolt will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery in Washburn. Memorials may be made to her church or Peoria Rescue Ministries. Online condolences may be made to: www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

John E. Herington
LOWPOINT -- John E. Herington, 70, of 202 S. Grant died at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born July 13, 1928, in Washburn to Thead and Ruth C. Hook Herington, he married Marla Wascher on Nov. 16, 1951, in Oscoda, Mich. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Timothy of Athens, Ga.; four daughters, Mrs. Alan (Ruth) Hofstatter and Mrs. Dave (Penny) Finley, both of Lowpoint, Mrs. David (Linda) Fitschen of Greenville, S.C., and Mrs. Dennis (Janet) Mangold of Metamora; two sisters, Bonnie Uphoff of Heber Springs, Ark., and NoraLee Spicer of Washburn; and 14 grandchildren. One son, James, and one brother preceded him in death.

A member of Washburn American Legion Post 661, he was an Air Force veteran who participated in the Berlin Airlift. He was an iron worker, working out Iron Workers Local 112 for 50 years.

He was a member of Washburn Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star in Washburn, where he served as past patron for two terms. He also was a member of the Peoria Consistory; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; and Mohammed Temple, Shrine in Peoria.

He was a member of Lowpoint-Washburn United Methodist Church. He also was a member of Izaak Walton League, Woodford County. He was a volunteer fireman for the Washburn/Lowpoint Fire Department.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. The Rev. Kenneth Harris will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery in Washburn, where military rites will be conducted by his American Legion post.
16 Jan 1928 - Linn Township, Woodford County, Illinois

Lena Margaretha Harms - contributed by Teri Moncelle Colglazier

LENA HARMS IS CALLED BY DEATH
Was Seventy Years of Age. Lived Here Most of Her Life.
16 Jan 1928 - Linn Township, Woodford County, Illinois

Miss Lena Margaretha Harms was born Dec 2, 1857, the daughter of Eilert and Margaretha Harms of Linn township. In early infancy she was brought to holy baptism and was thus taken up into the kingdom of our Lord. After attending our school and being duly instructed in the Christian faith she was confirmed Palm Sunday, 1873, in our church. After her confirmation she spent four years with an uncle in Washington, Ill. In later years she also spent four years in Nebraska. From there she was called home when her father became ill and passed away in 1909. Six years later the mother passed away.

In 1919, an uncle, who made his home with her since her mother's death, was called to his reward. Since 1919 she lived all alone in her home. She had never been ill in her long life. She was blessed with strength and health and enjoyed to work in her garden and among her flowers till the last month of her life. He last illness was of short duration. On December 5 she received a stroke and never fuller recovered. All that medical skill and tender nursing could do was given her. On Monday night at sunset she slumbered away peacefully. She departed this life at the age of 70 years, 3 months and 14 days.

She is survived by three brothers and five sisters - John Harms of Washburn, Ben T. Harms of Colfax, Henry H. Harms of Roanoke, Mrs. Mary Miller of Washington, Ill, Mrs. Anna Waltzen of Roanoke, Mrs. Lizze Johnson of Roanoke, Mrs. Katherine Weers of Washburn and Mrs. Emma Woltzen of Roanoke. Funeral services were held of Thursday afternoon at the Lutheran church. Rev J. W. Haferman delivered the sermon in German and Rev. Carl Haferman of Toluca in English. Her mortal remains were laid to rest in the St. Peter's Lutheran cemetery. The pallbearers were: Willie and Eilert Harms, Louie and Albert Woltzen, Elmer Miller and Eilert Weers. The flower girls were: Marie and Margaret Weers, Florence Woltzen, Mary and Alvena Johnson and Viola and Mabel Harms. Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rider, Mrs. and Mrs. Will Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Miller, all of Washington, Ill., and Mrs. Charles Theobold of East Peoria.

Now hush your cries and she no tear,
On such death none should look with fear.
She died a faithful Christian,
And with her death true life began.
Coffin and grave we deck with care,
Her body reverently bear;
It is not dead, but rests in God,
And softly sleeps beneath the sod.
Kathrina Marie Tjaden Harms

Kathrina Marie Tjaden Harms - contributed by Teri Moncelle Colglazier
WASHBURN - (PNS) - Mrs. Kathrina M. Harms, 79, died at her home in Washburn at 4 p.m. Sunday. She had been in failing health about six months. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at her home and at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Benson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. She was taken to the Mason Funeral Home at Metamora. Visitation will begin at the residence at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Harms was born Jan. 25, 1880, in Linn Township, a daughter of John J. and Tjake Rueben Tjaden. She was married to Henry Harms April 6, 1899, in Linn Township. He died Sept. 7, 1947.  Surviving are a son, Eilert, Roanoke; three daughters, Mrs. Clara Thierer and Mrs. Mabel Janssen, Washburn; Mrs. Viola Frerichs, Bartonville; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Arends, Washburn; Mrs. Geska Rogge, Roanoke; two brothers, Carl E. Tjaden, Metamora; Ludwig, Highland Park. She was a member of St. Peter's Church. The family has requested that any tangible expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to a memorial fund.

Henry Herman Harms - contributed by Teri Moncelle Colglazier
7 Sep 1947 - Benson, Woodford County, Illinois
BENSON - (PNS) - Henry H. Harms, 77, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at home in Linn Township. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. (daylight) Tuesday at the residence west of Benson and at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran church, the Rev. J. H. Prange officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran cemetery. He was born Nov 2, 1869, in Linn township, a son of Eilert and Margaret Harms. He married Miss Katherine Tjaden on April 6, 1899.

Surviving are the wife; four children Eilert of Roanoke, Mrs. John Thierer, Jr., and Mrs. Lawrence Janssen, both of Washburn, and Mrs. Walter H. Frerichs of Bartonville; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Henry Weers of Washburn; one brother Ben of Colfax (***Family Note***Ben Harms lived in Colfax not Lexington).

Jeremiah William Wayne Haas - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
The graveside funeral of Jeremiah William Wayne Haas, infant son of Clyde and Sharon Evans Haas, who was stillborn Sunday, May 18, 1986, was Wednesday, May 21, at Evergreen Cemetery, the Rev H. B. Livengood officiated.  There was no visitation.  Surviving are his parents, 1919 Tracey Drive, No. 9, Bloomington; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Louise Evans, Clinton; paternal grandmother, Carol Sampson, Oswego; paternal grandfather Tom Haas, Verona; maternal great-grandparents, Samuel and Marie Evans, Clinton; paternal great-grandparents, Clyde and Irene Mohr, El Paso; and paternal great-grandmother, Mrs Frank Haas, El Paso.

Heye J. Harms - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Heye J. Harms, 84, of rural Minonk, died at 6:40 p.m.Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator.  His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. The Rev. Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the memorial home.  Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, Minonk.

He was born Dec. 3, 1915, in Benson, the son of Harm P. and Margaret Dirks Harms. He married Darlene E. Fischer on March 30, 1947, in Minonk. She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter Kathy R. (Randall) White, Greensboro, N.C.;  one son, Tom J. (Pat) Harms, Minonk; two brothers, Harm Harms, Pontiac; and Ray (Helen) Harms, Decatur; and one sister, Dorothy Anderson, Toledo, Ohio.  Other survivors include four grandchildren, Heidi Nelson, Greensboro, N.C.;  Erik Schneider, Denver, Colo.; Jennifer (Eric) DeFries, Jacksonville, Fla.;  and Melissa Harms, Bloomington; two stepgrandchildren, Jessica White,  Madison, Wis.; and Logan White, Austin, Texas; and two great-grandchildren,  Katie Marie and Elissa Nelson, Greensboro, N.C.  His parents; six brothers, Bill, Herman, Lester, Alvin, Otto and Ed Harms;  and one sister, Elnora Soberri, preceded him in death.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and VFW Post 7185, both in Minonk.  Mr. Harms farmed in the Minonk area for a number of years until he retired in 1984.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines. He received two bronze stars and a good conduct medal.  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bowling.

William G. Honeg - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
William G. Honeg, age 70, of Washington died on Monday, January 26, 2009 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born June 1, 1938 in Eureka to the late William and Dorothy Haecker Honeg. He attended the Eureka schools graduating in 1956. Bill served as the rank of Captain in the Army until 1972 and then transferred to the Illinois National Guard where he commanded both Armored and Mechanical Rifle companies in Peoria and Delavan. He married Jane Martin of Peoria on October 28, 1990 in Key West, Florida and has resided in Washington, Illinois and Naples, Florida.

Mr. Honeg was a well known businessman in the area. He operated the Ben Franklin store in Washington. He purchased Cox Transfer Inc. in 1972 and established several subsidiary businesses including Conquest Carriers and WGH Leasing in Eureka. He also owned an Angus farm, Pasqualinos Restaurant in Peoria and the Signman, Inc. of Naples, Florida. Over the course of his career, he served on many committees including the Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Trucking Association.

Bill was an avid sportsman favoring bowling, basketball, baseball and golf. He was a member of many Country Clubs, most recently Country Club of Peoria and Wyndemere Country Club of Naples where he served on the Board of Directors. He was also very interested in conservation and donated acreage to the City of Eureka for this purpose. He had a tremendous love for dogs and their welfare. Bill lived his life to the fullest and he will truly be missed by all.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jane; his children, a daughter, Joanne (Rob) Bremer of St. Louis and a son, Mark (Robin) Honeg of Eureka; a step-son, Jesse McCullough; five grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter, Jake, Natalie and Logan and two sisters, Saundra (Bill) Nance of Marina Del Rey, California and Connie (Farrel) Salyer of Goodfield and his loving dogs, Angel, Cooper and Bear.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard.

He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 698 Reagan Drive, Eureka, Illinois where a visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, February 4 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 5 with Pastor Joe Burns officiating, and a luncheon to follow. Cremation rites have been accorded with a private family burial.

Vernon G. Harms - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Vernon G. Harms, 84, Flanagan, died at 9:05 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 25, 2009) at his residence.  His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, with the Rev. Owen Derrick officiating. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery, Flanagan, with full military rites by the Flanagan American Legion. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, and one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.  Memorials may be made to the church, OSF Hospice in Pontiac or to a charity of the donor's choice.  He was born Feb. 9, 1924, in El Paso, the son of George F. and Minnie Aeschliman Harms. He married Doris J. Redenius on Feb. 1, 1948, in Minonk.  She survives along with one daughter, Sharon E. (Patrick) Chapman, Pontiac; one daughter-in-law, Marcia M. Harms, Flanagan; and one son-in-law, John (Jean) Kramer, Avon; one sister, Marjorie (Robert) Durre, Flanagan; and one brother, Clarence Harms, Peoria, Ariz.; He has five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Daryle Harms; one daughter, Diane Kramer; and one brother, Robert Harms.  Vernon was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan, and the Flanagan American Legion Post 456.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific from March 1943 until December 1945.  He farmed in the Flanagan area for 42 years.

John W. Held, Oldest Citizen of Washburn is Dead at Age of 96
contributed by Jane Foster

John W. Held, Sr., 96, a lifelong resident of Washburn, retired farmer, and the oldest resident of the town, died Ghursday evening at his home.  He was a son of Jacob and Lucy Shugart Held and April 22, 1873 married Sarah E. McClure.  Surviving are two sons and four daughters, William and Russell, Mrs. Nell Beschorner, Mrs. Myrtle Beschorner, Mrs. Ethel Jacobs, all of Washburn and Mrs. Naomi Hodge of Sparland; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  His wife and two sons preceded him in death.  Funeral services were held at the Rickett funeral home in Washburn at 2 p.m. Sunday.  Burial was in Linn-Mt. Vernon cemetery southeast of Washburn.

William Held
Services for William M. Held, 56, of 1612 W. Daytona were held Monday at Wilton Mortuary.  The Rev. Bertram Betteridge officiated.  Burial was in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery, near Washburn.  Mr. Held died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria,  where he was admitted June 4th.  He last worked in February at Peoria Engraving Company, were he was employed as a photo engraver since 1952.  He had been President of Graphic Arts International Union, Local 75 P for 20 years, and was secretary-treasurer of the Allied Printing Trades Council.  Mr. Held was born in Washburn Sept. 16, 1920, a son of William and Lena Volz Held, and married Henrietta Williams May 17, 1947, at Peoria.  He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, a US Veteran of World War II.  He was a member of Washburn American Legion, Post ____.  Surviving are his wife, one son, David, and one daughter, Lynn, both  of Peoria; and  one b rother, Lyle, of Washburn.  One brother preceded him in death.  Memorials may be made to the North Building Youth Fund at Grace Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society. (contributed by Jane Foster).

John E. Held
John Edward Held, 77, of Portage passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999.  He was a former Streator resident.  He had been a Portage resident since 1961.  He retired from the Anderson Company.  He was also a World War II Army veteran.  He was a member of the Bonner Senior Center.  He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Held, two daughters, Linda J. (Eugene) Marshall of Waco, Texas, and Joyce L. Stotler of Hayward, Calif..; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Wesley (Anna) Held of Washington, two sisters, Phylli8s Ulrich and Dorothy (Robert) Tomlinson, both of Washburn, and several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services were held Wednesday, Dec. 1, at  Rees Funeral Home, Hobart.  Burial of remains was in Riverview Cemetery, Streator. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Elizabeth Held
Mrs. Elizabeth Held, 81 years old, wife of John Held of Washburn, died at 3 o'clock Thursday morning of burns accidentally received late Wednesday afternoon when a kerosene lamp exploded at the home.  Mrs. Held was working near the lamp when it exploded, the flames igniting her clothing and inflicting burns about to the head and body.   Her..............but was unable to reach his wife before the flames had enveloped her body.  Elizabeth McClure was born in Dayton, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 81 years ago.  She came to Washburn with her parents when she was a small girl and had resided there since.  She was married to John Held in young womanhood.  Several children survive with the husband.  They are:  Edward, William, and Russell Held, all of Washburn;  Mrs. V. S. Hodge, Sparland, Mrs. Robert Beschorner, Mrs. Max Beschorner, and Mrs. Edward Jacobs, all of Washburn.  Twenty-four grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren also survive.  This is the third violent death to occur in theis family.  In 1905 a son, James, was killed when a team of horses which he was driving ran away.  Several years later a son-in-law, Henry Schaefer, was killed when he accidently shot himself.  Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the M E church, with the Rev. Schreiner officiating.  Burial was in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, near Washburn. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Curtis Hunsinger
Curtis Hunsinger, 77 of Rural Route 1, Box 224, died at 6:46 a.m. Friday, May 29, 1992 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Feb 23, 1915 in rural Roanoke to John and Hnnah Ludeman Hunsigner, he married Alice Cleon Harmon on Dec 26, 1940 in Palmyra, Mo. She survives along with two sons, Melvin of Huntsville Ala.,  and Roger of Milwaukee; two daughters, Janice Harmon of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mrs. Lewis (Linda) Galli of Sparland; three sisters, Ann Montgomery of Portland, Ore., Edith Linkletter of Marion, Iowa., and Violet Mason of Eureka; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Two brothers, one sister and one grandson preceded him in death. A World War II Army veteran, he was a machinist at Allis Chalmers Corp. in Appleton, Wis., for 20 years, retiring in 1977. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. The Rev. Phillip Fishman will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Lacon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lacon-Sparland Rescue 52.  (contributed by Jane Foster)

John H. Hunsinger
John H. Hunsinger,  85, a retired farmer and resident of Eureka for 27 years died at 4 Wednesday morning, March 24, 1954, at his home after an illness of two and a half years.  Born near Roanoke August 29, 1868, he was a son of Frank and Caroline Kuhl Hunsinger, and married Hannah Ludeman in Peoria February 27, 1895.  Surviving are his wife, three sons, Frank of San Francisco, Elmer of Ecelser, Minn., and Curtis of Junction City, Wis.; four daughters, Mrs. Laura King of Gridley, Mrs. Violet Mason of Eureka, Mrs. Ann Montgomery of Riverside, Calif.; and Mrs. Edith Linkletter of Marion, Ia.; a brother, Jake of Miami, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Schuler of El Paso and Mrs. Lillie Veuve of Chicago; 16 grandchildren and five great grandhildren.  Funeral services wil be at 2 pm Friday at the Otto and Argo funeral home, Eureka.  The Rev. Hilton Windley will officiate.  Burial will be in Secor cemetery.  (contributed by Jane Foster)

Frederick W. Heck, Jr.
Frederick William Heck, Jr., second son of Fred and Mary Heck, was born December 16, 1895, in Cazenovia twp, and departed this life, February 5, 1923, at 11:30 p.m. at the age of 27 years, one month and 19 days.

He was taken sick Friday night and grew worse rapidly, with that dread disease, peritonitis.  Everything that kind hearts and loving hands could do was done, and as a last resort an operation was performed at the home, this being the only chance of recovery.  He was conscious till the last and never gave up hope of getting better.

All his life was spent in Cazenovia twp, with the exception of fifteen months spent in the army.  On May 25, 1918, he answered the call of his country, going to Camp Shelby at Hattiesburg, Miss., for training leaving there Sept. 14 with Co. B, 138th M. G. Bn for Camp Miller.  On Oct 2nd, 1918, he left the United States shores for France arriving there Oct. 9th, 1918, going from there into Germany with the Army of Occupation, where he remained until the latter part of July, when he returned to the United States and was honorably discharged at Camp Grant, Aug. 15, 1919.  After his return home, he with his brother, Marion, were engaged in farming his father's place, until his marriage to Miss Daisy Gail Weber on February 22, 1921, after which he moved west of Lowpoint on the Henry Foster farm.

Besides his wife he leaves his father and mother, three brothers:  Jesse, Marion and Charles; and two sisters:  Pearl and Bertha and many relatives anbd friends to mourn his early demise.

Deceased was kind and amiable, obedient, and respected by all who knew him, as was attested by the many friends who were present at the funeral and the many beautiful floral offerings.  Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Washburn Thursday at 2 o'clok in the afternoon, conducted by Rev. DeVol of Washburn, Rev. Widmer of Lowpoint and Rev. Baeuerle of Dwight.  Friends from far and near paid their sad respects to a true friend and neighbor, a young man of lofty ideals and noble purposes, pure in heart and beloved by all.

Interment was made in Mt. Vernon cemetery.  Those from a distance present were Mrs. Arthur Dean of Kankakee, Wm. Schnieder and son, Wm. Alfred Nickol, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weber, Mrs. Leonard Weber and Miss Bertha Weber of Pontiac, Rev. Baeuerle of Dwight, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Attig of Goodfield, George Kamm of Carthage.  Pall bearers were Jess Molitor, Bernard Foster, Irl Owen, Jess Call, Floyd Stonier and Floyd Attig. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Myrtle R. Herrmann
Myrtle R. Herrmann, 93, formerly of Metamora, died Jan. 10, 1993, at Galena Park Home, Peoria Heights.  Born Feb. 13, 1899, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Peter and Ellen Malestrom Paulson, she married William J. Herrmann May 17, 1924, in Minneapolis.  He died March 21, 1990, in Metamora.  She was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.  Surviving are one son, William R. of Metamora; one daughter, Joan E. Bloom of Hayward, Calif., and four grandchildren. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Cora Held
Cora Held, 95, formerly of Washburn, died Jan. 11, 1993, at Snyder Village in Metamora, where she had been a resident for three years.  Born Feb. 4, 1897, in Spring Bay to Samuel and Susanna Fandel Winkler, she married Cecil J. Held March 23, 1920, in Washburn.  He died Dec. 22, 1961.  Seven brothers and sisters and six half brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.  Surviving are two sons, Wesley of Washington and John E. of Portage, Ind., two daughters, Dorothy Tomlinson and Phyllis Ulrich, both of Washburn; one sister, Helen Youngman of East Peoria; 2 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.  She was a member of Washburn Christian Church, its Christian Women's Fellowship and Friendly Class.  Services were held Jan. 13 at Newton Memorial Home in Washburn.  The Rev. Bob Jassman and Paul Perry officiated.  Entombment was in Linn-Mount Vernon Mausoleum.  Memorials may be made to Snyder Village.  (contributed by Jane Foster)

Maynard V. Heck
Maynard V. Heck, 65, of rural Washburn died at 1 am Saturday, Dec. 27, 1986, in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.  Born Dec. 5, 1921, in Cazenovia Twp in Woodford County to Jesse P. and Ida M. Weber Heck, he married Ardeane Zimmerman on Dec. 27, 1947, in Spring Bay.  Surviving are his wife; one son, Kevin of Metamora; and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Bienemann of Metamora.  He was a member of the Washburn Christian Church, a retired farmer and a World War II Army veteran.  Services were held Monday at his church, the Rev. Paul Sieber officiating.  Burial was in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery in Washburn.  Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, was in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  (contributed by Jane Foster)

Ardeane E. Heck
Ardeane E. Heck, 64, of 609 Kennedy Drive, Metamora, died June 8, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.  Born Dec. 20, 1929, in Peoria to Lester R. and Frances M. Miller Zimmerman, she married Maynard V. Heck Dec. 27, 1947, in Spring Bay.  He died Dec. 27, 1986.  Surviving is one son, Kevin of Metamora.  She was a member of Washburn Christian Church, where services were held June 11.  The Rev. Marvin Cheney officiated.  Mason Funeral Home in Metamora was in charge of arrangements.  Burial was in Lilnn-Mount Vernon Cemetery in Washburn.  Memorials may be made to any charity.  (contributed by Jane Foster)

Marion J. Heck
Services for Marion J. Heck, 76, of rural Lowpoint, who died at 11:45 pm Thursday in Eureka Hospital, were Monday in Spring Bay United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Ray Harrison officiated and burial was in Spring Bay Cemetery.  Mr. Heck was a farmer and was employed for 15 years by the Associated Dairies at Ogilvie.  He was a member of the Black Partridge Church.  Born May 13, 1898 in Cazenovia Twp, a son of Fred and Mary Schneider Heck, he married Olga Winkler at Dwight March 6, 1923.  Surviving are his wife; three sons, Donald of Lowpoint; Eldon of Spring Green, Wisc.; Howard of East Peoria; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are one brother, Jesse of Washington; and one sister, Mrs. Lee (Bertha) Foster of Metamora.  He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.  (contributed by Jane Foster)

William Hare
The funeral of William Hare, 79, who died at his home near Lowpoint on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1964, was held at 2 pm Friday at the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, west of Lowpoint, with the Rev. M. A. Whisler, assisted by the Rev. Derwood L. Troxell, officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Abel and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Schertz sang "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone" and "In The Garden".  Pall bearers were the grandsons, Dale Stauffer, Charles Vincent, Gerald Pettyjohn, Billy Gene Hare, Bid Hardman and Alan Hare.  Interment was in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Washburn.  He was born April 20, 1895, near Cazenovia, a son of William and Amanda Weaver Hare.  He was married May 14, 1908, to Abbie Gifford of Lowpoint, who died inb 1936.  On May 11, 1944, he was married to Mrs. Pearl Baldwin of Lacon, who survives.  He is survived by two sons, William, Polo, and Joseph, Lowpoint; seven daughters, Mrs. Ellen Pettijohn, Cazenovia; Mrs. Mabel Vincent and Miss Catherine Hare, both of Peoria; Mrs. Leona Hardman, Lowpoint; Mrs. Pearl Stauffer, Polo; Mrs. Rachel Dixon, Elmwood; and Mrs. Ruth Avey, Mt. Morris; a stepson, William Baldwin, Bartonville; 23 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  He was a member of the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Martha Anna Hodge
Spring Bay, IL - May 22, 1933 - Mrs. Martha Anna Hodge, 84 years old, a resident of this village for 66 years, died suddenly at her home at 6:30 pm Sunday evening. She was found dead by a neighbor.  Martha Anna Umholtz was born in Harrisburg, PA, April 30, 1849, and was married here to John H. Hodge.  Mr. Hodge, a Civil War veteran, died some years ago.
She is survivied by four sons, Samuel E. Hodge of Indianapolis, IN; Jospeh M. Hodge and Elmer Hodge of Peoria; and Irving J. Hodge of Henry.  Twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, Joseph Umholtz of Glasford, IL also survive.  One grandchild, Elmer Urban, was raised in her home by Mrs. Hodge.  Funeral servies will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Spring Bay Evangelical Church of which she was an active member.  The Reverend Schwartz will officiate.  Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery.

Peorian's Mother  is Found Dead in Her Home at Spring  Bay

Spring Bay, IL  May 22, 1933.  Mrs. Martha Anna Hodge, 84 years old, a resident of this village for 66 years, died suddenly at her home at 6:30 o'clock Sunday evening.  She was found dead by a neighbor.  Martha Anna Umholtz was born in Harrisburg, PA, April 30, 1849, and was married here to John H Hodge.  Mr. Hodge, a Civil War veteran, died some years ago.
She is survived by four sons:  Samuel E. Hodge of Indianapolis, IN, Jospeh M. Hodge and Elmer Hodge of Peoria, and Irving J. Hodge of Henry.  Twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, Joseph Umholtz of Glasford, IL also survive.  One grandchild, Elmer Urban, was raised in her home by Mrs. Hodge.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Spring Bay Evangelical Church of which she was an active member.  The Reverend Schwartz will officiate.  Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery. (contributed by Sharon Hodge McClellan)

Charles Heininger
Born in Woodford County.  Died in Marshall County - Charles Peter Heininger, oldest son of Peter and Margaret Heininger, was born in Partridge township, Woodford county, March 20, 1867. In early life he was united in marriage with Emma J. Rotanzy at Chillicothe , Ill.  She died, leaving him with several children and on Jan. 1, 1912, he was again married, his wife being Mary Helgoth of this city.  About 21 years ago Mr. Heininger became a resident of this city, where his genial smile and affability soon won him a large circle of friends.  A couple of years ago it became evident to his family and most intimate friends that a serious malady had fastened itself upon him, and early last winter he went to Peoria where he underwent a serious surgical operation and his life was despaired of for a number of days.  Eventually he began to recuperate, returned home and after a while got able to walk about town some, where he was warmly greeted and welcomed.  But his malady was not to be thus appeased. The incision made in the surgical operation did not fully heal and a few weeks ago broke out with greater virulence.  But it became apparent to all that the days of his life were numbered.  Death came to him as sooner or later it must come to us all, Monday afternoon, July 12.  His children, Mrs. F. E. Murphy of Putnam, Mrs. Charles Gabel of Peoria , the Misses Vivian and Freida, his sons Charles Raymond and Lyle, his wife, Mrs. Mary Helgoth Heininger, mourn the death of a kind, loving parent and husband and four brothers and four sisters, one, who was ever a brother in word and deed.  The deceased was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Knights of Korassians and Illinois Benefit association.  The funeral serves were conducted from the residence at 9 o’clock a.m., Wednesday, July 14, Rev. F. W. Haist officiating.  Interment in Chillicothe cemetery, with A. B. Smith of this city, mortician. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Margaret Hankey
EL PASO - Margaret M. McCue Hankey, 94, of Des Plaines, formerly of El Paso, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois in Barrington.  A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m.

Gladys Heineman
METAMORA - Gladys Melissa Heineman, 94, of Snyder Village passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born Aug. 27, 1916, in Sewel, Iowa, to Irl and Ora (Thompson) Klinginsmith, she married Roland K. "Dutch" Heineman on Nov. 25, 1938, in Moberly, Mo. He died March 18, 1993.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Opal; one brother, Irl; one infant daughter, Alice Kay; and one granddaughter. Surviving are one son, Jerry A. (Carol) Heineman of Germantown Hills; one daughter, Glenna M. Stimpert of Tremont; seven grandchildren, Brenda Garrison, Deborah Nicholson, Jolene Noll, Lisa Brown, Karen Bell, Greg Stimpert and Eric Stimpert; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Lutz of Unionville, Mo., and Floy (George) Smith of Shaunee, Kan.; and one brother, Harry (Evelyn) Klinginsmith of Trenton, Mo. Gladys worked as a librarian at the Creve Coeur Public Library for 13 years, retiring in 1980.  She was past president of the Creve Coeur Woman's Club and a member of the Coverdale Home Extension.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in East Peoria.  Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Russ Lance will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Methodist Hospice at 221 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636.

William R. Hewitt
MINONK — William R. Hewitt, 86, Heritage Manor, Minonk, died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday (July 7, 2011) at Heritage Manor of Minonk. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk, with full military rites accorded by Minonk American Legion. The Rev. Frank Silas will officiate. Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor of Minonk. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements. William was born July 30, 1924, at Minonk, son of William H and Elizabeth Roberts Hewitt. Surviving are one sister, Margaret Kazmarek, Willow Brook; one brother, Jim (Marjo) Hewitt, Oak Brook; and three nephews, Ethan, Seth and Noah. His parents preceded him in death. William graduated from Minonk Township High School and attended Illinois State University. After ISU, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was a gunner on a B-17 in the 15th Air Force. He received the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster; the European Theater Ribbon, with five Bronze Stars; the Good Conduct Medal; the American Theater ribbon; and the Victory medal. He had served mostly in Africa and Italy. After the service, he returned to Minonk and operated the Hewitt Store. William was a Boy Scout, a member of the Rob Morris Masonic Lodge, the Minonk American Legion and VFW, and the National Rifle Association.

Leroy J. Harms
66, of Peoria passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.  Born in Pontiac on Aug. 28, 1942, to Roy and Lillian (Janssen) Harms, he married Gloria Kroeschen on June 7, 1964, in Minonk.  Gloria, her children and grandchildren survive, Kimberly (Tom) Worthington of Chicago and Eric (Suzanne) Harms of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Sarah Worthington, Parker Ann Worthington and Carter Harms.  Leroy played guard on the MDR High School basketball team and graduated from Bradley University in 1964.  After more than 20 years, he retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 2001, where he worked as a technical analyst, and prior to that, worked at Rainbird Sprinklers.  In his retirement, Leroy enjoyed delivering cars for various Peoria dealers.  He was a beloved, playful grandfather, an avid tennis player and photographer, and enjoyed sailing his Victoria 26.  He was a member of the Peoria Tennis Association and the USTA.  Leroy was of the Lutheran faith.  Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 10, 2009, at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, also at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. Pastor Craig Swenson officiated. Cremation rites were accorded after services, with interment of cremains in Springdale Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor's choice...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Everett S. Hill
95, rural Washburn, passed away Saturday (Aug. 8, 2009) at Maple Lawn Health Care Center, Eureka. Everett was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Benson, where his funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. William Hecht and the Rev. Doug Hicks will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery in rural Benson. Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Benson. Everett was born Dec. 16, 1913, in Creston, the son of Lincoln and Eva Sanderson Hill. He married Leona Warnke on March 19, 1938, in Benson. Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn (Louie) Charlier, Metamora; Janice (Sam Fuchs) Hill, Deary, Idaho; and Glenda (James) Gentile, Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Everett was preceded in death by his wife, Leona; two brothers, Forrest and Kenneth; and his parents. Everett, along with his late wife, Leona, spent the majority of their life farming near Washburn. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and spending winters camping and fishing in Florida and Texas...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Myron E. Heineke
88, of 1904 Owens Dr., Bloomington, died at 11:20 p.m. Monday (April 7, 2003) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal. The Monsignor Thomas Maloney will officiate. Burial will be Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal. He was born June 20, 1914, at Benson, a son of John and Sena Woltzen Heineke. He married Geraldyne Haas on Sept. 2, 1937, at El Paso. She died April 26, 1997. Survivors include three daughters, Joan (Michael) Condon, Marietta, Ga.; Anne (Richard) Kearney, LeRoy; and Kathleen (Richard) Yelverton, Marietta, Ga.; four sons, John M. Heineke, Los Gatos, Calif.; Ralph B. (Starr) Heineke, Roanoke; Thomas E. (Jane) Heineke, Bartlett, Tenn.; and D. Frank (Arlene) Heineke, Hudson; one sister, Wanda (Art) Landendorf, Roanoke; one brother, Lyle (Betty) Heineke, Benson; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jerilyn and one sister, Jane Weaver. Mr. Heineke was a graduate of Benson High School and attended Illinois State Normal University. He worked for Caterpillar of Peoria and played on the 1937 Caterpillar Diesel's softball team that won the National Championship Title. He was a foreman for the Lester Pfister Seed Company in El Paso, from 1938 to 1952. He farmed in rural Bloomington and retired in 1981. He was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 574, Bloomington, Lakeside Country Club and Bloomington Elks...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden


Metamora Herald, 3 Nov. 1944
Sgt. Richard Hibbs is Killed in Action
Sgt. Richard Hibbs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Hibbs, well-known resident of Secor, was  killed in action Oct. 4, according to word received by his parents.  Sgt. Hibbs, who had been overseas for several months, was with the airborne infantry.

Metamora Herald 1 Dec. 1944
Memorial Service at Secor for Cpl. Hibbs
Memorial service for Cpl. Richard R. Hibbs, who was killed in action Oct. 6 in Holland, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Secor Methodist church.  The Rev. E. H. Ebright of El Paso will have charge of the services, assisted by the El Paso American Legion post.  Music will be by Ed Barclay of El Paso and Mrs. Neva Stockhausen.  Cpl. Hibbs, 24, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey R. Hibbs, entered the service March 23, 1942.  He received his basic training at Camp Claiborne, La., after which he was transferred to Fort Bragg, N.C.  He was sent overseas to England in August, 1943.  He was attached to the 101st airborne division.  He saw action in France D day and was then sent to Holland.  He attended schools in Secor and El Paso, graduating from El Paso Hight school with the class of 1938.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mary Alyce and Virginia Hibbs.

Metamora Herald 28 Jan. 1949
Body of Cpl. Richard Hibbs to Be Laid to Rest Today at Secor
Funeral services for Cpl. Richard R. Hibbs will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Otto-Vincent memorial home at El Paso.  C. M. Douglas will officiate.  Burial will be in Secor cemetery.  Members of the El Paso American Legion post will conduct military rites.  Cpl. Hibbs was born April 23, 1920, at Lexington, a son of Dorsey and Myrtle Blagg Hibbs.  He attended Secor Grade school and El Paso High school, graduating in 1938.  He entered the army March 28, 1942, and received his training at Camp Claiborne, La., and Ft. Bragg, N.C.  He was sent overseas in August, 1943, and was attached to an airborne glider division.  He saw action in France on D-Day.  Surviving are his parents and two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Hunt and Mrs. Mary Alice Dunmire, both of El Paso.

Donald Harris
EL PASO - Donald E. Harris, 80, of El Paso, Ill., passed away at 9:44 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. He was born on July 17, 1928, in Bloomington, Ill., a son of Charles E. and Marie Gibbs Harris. He married Joan Kemp on March 26, 1955, in El Paso, Ill. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Ronald (Barb) Harris of El Paso and Greg (Judy) Harris of Normal; two sisters, Helen (Jim) Crump and Carol (Joe) Higgins, both of El Paso; brother-in-law, John Cable of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Ryan Harris of Portland, Ore., Nicole (John) Ormsby of El Paso, Lesley Harris of Normal, Amanda Perry of Jacksonville, N.C., Eric Harris of Bellflower and Derek Nichols of Normal; and three great-grandchildren, Justin, Gavyn and Gabryel. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Donald was a farmer in the El Paso area all his life. He owned and operated Donald Harris Trucking in El Paso. He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 in Germany. Donald was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 59 in El Paso. He liked to play euchre, fish and go to the office. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. There will be no services or visitation. Cremation will be accorded. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the El Paso Rescue Squad.

Richard Hartman
EL PASO -- Richard G. Hartman, 86, of 660 E. Sixth St., El Paso, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 15, 2004) at Manor Health Services, Peoria. A private funeral service will be held Friday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso. The Rev. Andrew Lucas will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, with military rites accorded. Memorials may be directed to Grace Fellowship Church, El Paso. Richard was born Oct. 18, 1918, at Burlington, Iowa, a son of Arthur and Edna Fauber Hartman. He married Lorene Stuckey Nov. 11, 1939. She died on Aug. 7, 2000. Survivors include one son, Kenneth (Una) Hartman, Brimfield; one daughter, Karen (Joe) Ramholz, Normal; one sister, Ethel Ficken, El Paso; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Allen, who died in infancy. Mr. Hartman was the office manager for Dunmire Equipment, El Paso, retiring in 1983 after 35 years of service. He served with the United States Air Force during World War II. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, El Paso, and the El Paso American Legion.

John Harvey
EL PASO -- John E. "Jack" Harvey, 75, of 677 E. Front St. El Paso, died at 6:45 a.m. Monday (Oct. 11, 2004) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, with the Rev. Diana Strunk officiating. Cremation will follow with interment in El Paso Township Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of El Paso; St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate; El Paso Rescue Squad; or El Paso Library. He was born May 20, 1929, in El Paso, the son of Harold E. and Gladys M. White Harvey. He married Clara J. Miller on Aug. 4, 1957, in Bloomington. She survives along with one son, Thomas A. Harvey of Redwood City, Calif.; two daughters, Janet C. (Dennis) Faulk of Panola; and Diana S. (Gary) Hudson of El Paso; six grandchildren, Michael (Keri) Harvey, Jennifer Harvey, Brian Harvey and Christopher Harvey, all of California; and Elizabeth Hudson and Geoffery Hudson, both of El Paso; and two great-grandchildren. Jack was a member of the First Baptist Church, El Paso; El Paso Masonic Lodge; and the American Legion Post 2003. He was a Korean War Army veteran. He worked for the Illinois Central Rail Road as a freight agent, then as a meter calibrator for Growmark in Kingston Mines.

Robert G. Hilger
Lt. Robert G. Hilger, 23, who was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, was killed Sunday, according to a message received Wednesday night.  The message was received by his wife in Miami, Fla., who telephoned his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Hilger, El Paso. No particulars were given.  Lt. Hilger has been located near Attuk.  He was operations officer with the 404 Bombardment Squadron since February.  He was born June 29, 1922, in El Paso, son of Charles F. and Lyda Morgan Hilger. He was a graduate of El Paso Township High school in 1940.  He enlisted in the army air corps Oct. 1, 1942, and received his basic training at Kessler Field, Miss.  He was later stationed in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Colorado.  He was married to Mary Tompkins, Montgomery, Ala., March 4, 1945.  She was to leave July 1 to join her husband.  His wife and parents are the only survivors.

Metamora Herald Oct. 8, 1948, pg 3, col. 2
Burial of Lt. Robert Hilger of El Paso in National Cemetery
The body of Lt. Robert G. Hilger, 23, who was killed in a weather reconnaissance flight in the Aleutian Islands, June. 16, 1946, has been returned to the United States for burial.  Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Arlington National cemetery, Arlington, Va.  He was born June 29, 1922, in El Paso, the only son of Charles and Lida Morgan Hilger.  He was a graduate of El Paso Township High school in the class of 1940.

Katharine Haushahn
The funeral of Mrs. Katharine Haushahn, former resident of this county, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lissie Adami, in Fairfield, Ia, Tuesday of last week, at the age of 95, was held from St. John's Lutheran church in Washburn last Thursday and burial was in the Washburn Lutheran cemetery. [contributed by ane Foster]

Roscoe Haushahn
Funeral services for Roscoe F. (Rob) Haushahn, 54, of route 6, Peoria, who died at 4 pm Sunday at Saint Francis Hospital, were at 2:30 pm Wednesday, at the Wilton Mortuary, 2101 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria.  The Rev. Dale Ferris of Spring Bay officiated.  Burial was in Swan Lake cemetery.  Friends were received at the mortuary Tuesday afternoon and evening.  A resident of the rural address for the last seven years, Mr. Haushahn formerly lived in Peoria Heights for 14 years.  He had been a painter for 30 years, having worked for R. M. Willems through Jan 21.  Born at Lowpoint May 23, 1902, Mr. Haushahn was a son of George and Margaret Ida (Foster) McDonald Haushahn.  He married Elizabeth  Lottman at Pekin July 17, 1930.  He was a member of the Building and Construction Trades Council.  Surviving are his wife, his father of Mount Pleasant, Ia., four sisters, Mrs. Bernice Ford of Mount Pleaant, Ia., Mrs. Neola Benett of Marshalltown, Ia., Mrs. Helen Johnson of Florida an Mrs. Katherine Rush of Minnesota, and one brother, Wayne Haushahn of Salem, Ia.  One brother, Leland Haushahn preceded him in death. [contributed by Jane Foster]

Howard Haushahn
Washburn Young Man Dies
Leakage of the heart was responsible for the death of Howard Haushahn, aged 17 years, who passed away Monday morning at the home of his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William Carrithers at Washburn. [contributed by Jane Foster]

Infant Haushahn
The little infant of Mr. & Mrs. George Haushahn is being buried at the Buckingham cemetery today.  (infant son of George & Margaret Ida Foster Haushahn) [contributed by Jane Foster]

James Haas
EL PASO — James J. Haas, 89, El Paso, passed away at 2:39 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 10, 2013) at Heritage Health, El Paso, where he was a resident. He was born Jan. 4, 1924, in El Paso, a son of Andrew and Eliza Kelly Haas. He married Frances “Dolly” Harms on March 1, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso. She passed away April 1, 2005. Surviving are eight children, Kathy (Bob) Bittner, Fairbury; Susie (Dan) Boian, Chenoa; Mary Lu (Paul) Ahrens, Normal; Lisa Sparrow, Bloomington; Andy Haas, Normal; and Tony (Linda) Haas, Matt Haas and Jeff Haas, all of El Paso; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Theresa; four sisters; and five brothers. James worked as the El Paso Township Road Commissioner and owned and operated Haas Shell. He had also worked as a mechanic for Heller Ford. A Navy veteran, he served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the El Paso VFW and American Legion, El Paso Fire Department and the El Paso Golf Club. James was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso, where his funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Father Roger Corpus and Father Carl LoPresti will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, with a rosary service at 3:45 p.m. before the visitation starts. Burial with military rites will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, El Paso. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso, or the Wounded Warriors Project.

BRADLEY HULICK EAST PEORIA -- Services for Bradley Zane Hulick, 36, of 48 Millpoint, who was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at 5901 N. Humboldt Ave., Peoria, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home. The Rev. John Plunkett will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay. He was born May 22, 1961, in Peoria to Larry and Lorna Jeanne Seggerman Hulick. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Larry and Sandra Hulick of East Peoria; his mother of California; one half brother, Steve Brewer of Peoria; one stepbrother, Butch Wyman of East Peoria; one stepsister, Mrs. James (Deanna) Leazenby of Creve Coeur; and grandmother, Loreta Poehls of East Peoria. One half brother and one sister preceded him in death. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. [Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Tuesday, November 18, 1997]

Washburn Man, 39, suffers a Fatal Heart Attack
Funeral services for Thead D. Herington, 39 year old Washburn man, who suffered a heart attack Thurs. while at a filling station and died later at a Eureka hospital, were held at 2 pm, Sun. at Washburn Methodist church, the Rev. Walter Krech officiating. Burial was in Linn-Mt. Vernon cemetery. Visitation and Masonic rites were at the Pacey Funeral Home Sat. evening. Mr. Herington was born Nov. 5, 1926, in Washburn, the son of Thead M. and Ruth Hook Herington. On April 5, 1947, at Houston, Tx., he married Dorothy Divin, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Beverly, Sherry and Antoinette and two sons, Ken and John Herington, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Ruth Herington of Morton; one brother, John Herington of Low Point; and two sisters, Mrs. jack Spicer of Varna, and Mrs. Everett Uphoff of Downers Grove. Mr. Herington was a member of the Washburn Methodist Church; Washburn American Legion Post 661; Washburn Lodge 421, AF & Am; Order of Eastern Star and the Peoria Consistory. He also was a member of the Iron Workers of American, Local 112 of Peoria. [Henry News Republican, Oct. 26, 1966]

Paul David Hartzler
ROANOKE - Paul David Hartzler, 74, of Roanoke, died at 4:04 a.m. Saturday (April 3, 1999) at Eureka Community Hospital, Eureka. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Metamora Mennonite Church, the Rev. Robert Nolt officiating. Burial will be in Roanoke Township Cemetery, Roanoke. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke, and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. He was born June 14, 1924, at Minonk, the son of Roy and Martha Saltzman Hartzler. He married Ruby Mae Keller Feb. 20, 1965, in Metamora. She died Sept. 3, 1998, in Roanoke. Survivors include one son, Paul David (Kim) Hartzler II, Waukesha, Wis.; five brothers, Fred Hartzler, Lacon; John Hartzler, Phoenix; and Ed, Duane and Robert Hartzler, all of Minonk; and three sisters, Helen Bachman, Yuma, Ariz.; Leona Janssen, Roanoke; and Mary Kirkton, Minonk. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Benjamen and Elizabeth Hartzler, Waukesha, Wis. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Harold, Glenn, Alan, Melvin and Howard Hartzler. Mr. Hartzler retired from Town and Country Construction in Minonk. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Metamora Mennonite Church and VFW Post 7185, Minonk. He graduated from Minonk High School.

Norman Hattan Killed
MINONK - Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hattan of Minonk received a telegram Monday stating that their son, Corp. Norma Hattan, was  killed   in action Germany, March 22, 1945, He was born near Pattonsburg west of Minonk. Jan. 13, 1924, the youngest of seven children. He was educated in the Pattonsburg and La Rose schools. After leaving the farm the family came to Minonk where he was employed  by the Sanitary    bakery    and    later at Goodwin brothers garage. The family moved to Normal where Corp. Hattan was employed, prior to his induction as a driver of Lyle Fuller trucks. He was inducted in February 1943, at Normal, and was sent to Scott field, Ft. Jackson and Atlanta. Ga. He was returned to Ft. Jackson before leaving for duty overseas in September 1944. He drove a tractor for 88 millimeter cannon. He is survived by his parents, four brothers, Virgil, Washburn: Merle, Denver, Colo.; Vivian, El Paso; and Sgt. John W. Hattan. who returned to the states March 12 on a furlough after being over-seas 30 months; two sisters; Neva Cook, La Rose; Carol Schwab, Toluca. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 4/5/1945
Cpl. Hattan's Body to Arrive in Minonk
Minonk-The body of Corp. Norman [Bud] Hattan, who was killed in action in Germany Mar. 22, 1945, will arrive in Minonk under military escort on a Santa Fe train Mon. evening. The body will be taken to Tallyn Memorial home where it will remain until time of services. The Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Tues. at the Tallyn memorial home. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars burial team will have charge of rites at Minonk cemetery. Norman Hattan was born on a farm near Pattonsburg, son of Floyd and Rosa Reed Hattan. He attended Minonk High school and lived for a year in Normal before entering the Army Corp. Hattan received a citation for  "heroic achievement" in the military engagement near Iffelbach, Germany, in which he was fatally wounded. He is survived by his father of Minonk; two sisters, Mrs. Floyd Cook of LaRose and Mrs. Ernest Schwab of Toluca, and four brothers, Virgil of Washburn, Merle of Denver, Colo., Vivian of El Paso and John of Minonk. His mother died Dec. 5, 1947. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 10/31/1948]

Le Roy Henkel
Reported Lost in Mediterranean Area
MINONK- Mr. and Mrs. John F. Henkel received a telegram Thursday morning notifying them that their son, LeRoy G. Henkel, 24, had been killed in action in the Mediterranean area Aug. 16. LeRoy Henkel, a gunner's mate, first class, enlisted in the navy in December, 1933, and had served all over the world. He visited his parents in March, 1943. He was born in Minonk June 11, 1919. He attended the Long Point schools before enlisting. He is survived by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters. Two of his brothers are serving in the navy. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 9/11/1943]
LeRoy Henkel
MINONK- The body of LeRoy Henkel, gunners mate first class who was killed in the invasion of Salerno, arrived in Minonk Friday night for burial. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p. m. (CDT) Saturday at Tallyn Funeral home. The Rev. Paul Buchmueller will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk cemetery. Minonk American Legion and VFW posts will be in charge of services. Mr. Henkel was born east of Minonk July 11, 1919, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Henkel. He is survived by his parents, seven sisters, Mrs. Eylene Sandys of Long Point, Mrs. Darlene Catania, Mrs. Shirley Cayece and Miss Helen Henkel, all of Chicago, Mrs. Bernice Johnston of Flanagan and Miss Marilyn and Miss Nancy Henkel of Minonk; and four brothers, Clarence of Chicago, Robert of Streator and Dale and Howard of Minonk. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois) 7/2/1949]

Hielscher Services to be Held
Minonk-Memorial services for Paul Hielscher, technician fifth class, will be held at 2 pm Sun. at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church. He was killed in action in Holland Sept. 23. Born on a farm west of Minonk Sept. 16, 1914, son of Mrs. Clara Koehler Heilscher and the late Alfred Heilscher, he attended the rural schools and was later engaged in carpentering and farming. He entered the armed forces in Mar., 1942, receiving his basic training at Clayborne, Ia., later being sent to Ft. Bragg, NC. He was sent overseas in Sep. 1943, and was stationed in England until he joined forces in the invasion of France. He was later returned to England, and then sent with invasion forces to Holland. He was one of four sons in the service. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)12/2/1944]
MINONK- The body of Paul H. Hielscher, technician fifth grade, who was killed Sept. 23, 1944, in action over Holland, will be returned to Minonk Wednesday afternoon and will be taken to the Tallyn Memorial home, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Paul Buchmueller will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk cemetery. Minonk American Legion will be in charge of the services. Mr. Hielscher was the son of Mrs. Alfred Hielscher of near El Paso. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)1/26/1940

Frederick M. Hartzler
LACON -- Frederick M. Hartzler, 81, of 117 N. Fulton, Lacon, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 23, 2003) at the St. Joseph Home, Lacon. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lacon, with the Rev. John Verrier and Deacon Bob Murphy officiating. Recitation of the rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Lacon where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 593. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to his church, Methodist Hospice Services or any charity. He was born Oct. 8, 1921, at Minonk, a son to Roy and Martha Saltzman Hartzler. He married Mary Kay Holler May 10, 1947, at Lacon. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, John Hartzler, St. Louis; and Bruce Hartzler, Peoria; four brothers, Ed, Duane, and Robert Hartzler, all of Minonk; and John Hartzler of Phoeniz, Ariz.; Three sisters, Helen Bachman, Atlanta, Ga.; Leona Janssen, Roanoke; and Mary Kirkton, Minonk; and one grandson, Scott Hartzler, Springfield. He was preceded in death by five brothers. He was employed by CILCO for 43 years, retiring as an electrical engineer on Oct. 31, 1983. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 593, Lacon. He served on the Mid-County School Board for nine years. He was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Lacon County Club and assisted in its Junior Golf Club. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lacon.

James F. Henderson
James F. Henderson, an attorney who for decades represented The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette in libel actions and First Amendment cases, died May 27, 2007 at the age of 85. James Forney Henderson was born in Minonk, IL, on October 10, 1921.  After serving in the Navy in World War II he took bachelor's and law degrees from Northwestern University and was admitted to the Bar in 1948. From 1950 to 1992 he practiced with the firm, Gust, Rosenfeld, and Henderson in Phoenix and was a managing partner in that firm. He is survived by his beloved wife Sonja, his son [living], daughters [3 living] and three grandchildren. There will be no services. [The Arizona Republic from 6/6/2007 - 6/10/2007.]

William D. Hart
William D. Hart, 85, of Palatine for one and a half years, formerly a lifelong resident of Minonk, died Friday (Jan. 11, 2008) in Palatine. He was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Alton. Private family inurnment will be at a future date at the Minonk Cemetery.Memorials may be made to Minonk Methodist Church, Minonk, IL 61760 or the charity of one's choice. Surviving are his wife, Betty Green Hart of Palatine; two daughters, [living]; and two grandsons, [living]. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clark and Adeline Davison Hart, and two brothers, Raymond Hart and Alan Hart. William was a WWII Air Force veteran pilot who flew the B-26 Bomber. He was a member of the Minonk Methodist Church; the Minonk American Legion; and the Rob Morris Lodge 247 A.F. & A.M. After farming for many years, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired as postmaster.

 

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