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Dorothy Klendworth
Dorothy Klendworth, 84 of 413 E. Second St., Minonk formerly of Dana passed away at 11:07 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2006 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2006 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh will officiate. Interment will be in Dana Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Dana United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Klendworth was born May 18, 1922 at Campbellsville,KY a daughter of Ed and Ruth Willis Huddleston. She married Oakley Klendworth on January 7, 1942 in Iowa. He died June 29, 1999. 
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Howard) Hume, Bloomington; a son, Errol (Susie) Klendworth, Dana; a sister, Betty Augsburger, Flanagan; four grandchildren, Wendy (Jim) Feeney, Morris, Darin (Sherilyn) Klendworth, Rutland, Chad (Debbi) Klendworth, Rutland and Kevin Hume, Greensboro,NC; eight great grandchildren, Austin, Brenna and Nolan Feeney; Reed, Cole and Kianna Klendworth; Kale and Brooke Klendworth.  Dorothy was a member of the Dana United Methodist Church and served with the United Methodist Women at her church. She was also a member of the Livingston County Home Extension, Tall Oaks County Club, Toluca and the Alden Pines Country Club Pine Island,FL.  Online condolences may be sent to her family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Dean Ketchmark Sr

Thomas Dean Ketchmark Sr., 77, of 823 Washington St., Minonk passed away peacefully at his home, attended by his wife, P.J., and their four children, at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2006.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 30, 2006 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. Father Neri Greskoviak will officiate. Interment will be in Minonk Twp. Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 8, with a prayer service at 8:00 p.m. at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Additional visitation will be on Saturday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass.

Tom was born May 7, 1929 at Benson a son of John Leo and Pearl Trantina Ketchmark. He married Pearl Jacqulyn "P.J." Davis on August 12, 1961 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. She survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Colleen (and Wayne) Weber, Christine (and Randy) Ruestman, and Cynthia (and Craig) Meyer all of Minonk; one son, Thomas Dean Jr., of Bloomington; nine grandchildren, Morgan, Jordan and Trent Ruestman; Cody, Logan and Abby Jo Weber; Zach, Nick and Mackenzie Meyer; one sister, Gloria Jurczak, Minonk; one brother, Robert (and Celia) Ketchmark, Gridley; two aunts, Angie Ketchmark, Morton and Evelyn Trantina, Benson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Tom was a life-long resident of Minonk. He proudly served 4 years in the United States Navy during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Gilbert Islands. He was Minonk City Treasurer for 12 years, Ward 3 Alderman for 16 years, and on the Zoning Board for 8 years - for a total of 36 years of service in Minonk city government. Tom also served on the Minonk Food Pantry Board, St. Patrick's Church Building Committee, St Patrick's Parish Council, and the Simater Board of Directors. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, and the Polish National Alliance in Streator. He was also a member of the American Legion Color Guard for 8 years, and a 50-year member of the American Legion. Prior to retiring as a union carpenter in 1992, he had worked for Kent Lumber & Coal Co., Minonk, and 28 years for Winkler Construction Co., Washburn.

After years of camping vacations with their children, Tom & P.J. spent their retirement years enjoying family activities when they were at home in Minonk and helping at their daughters' candy store, Cunningham's Candies, during the Christmas season. Each year they enjoyed their small winter home in Rockledge, FL, and spent the late summer and fall months at Kitchie Landing Resort near Bemidji, MN.

Tom loved telling Navy & fishing stories and keeping up with local politics. He was an avid gardener and was known for his tulips, meticulously maintained yard, expert craftsmanship, and clean cars. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be directed to BroMenn Hospice, Virginia at Franklin Ave., Normal, IL 61761.

Irma Kuehl

Minonk - Irma H. Kuehl, 89, died at 2 a.m. Monday February 19, 2007, at Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan. She was born Oct. 23, 1917, in rural LaSalle County, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Shandel Loftus. She married Howard Kuehl on May 20, 1939, in Davenport, Iowa. He died Feb. 3, 1987. Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Wendell) Vissering, Flanagan, and Sally (Gary) Massino, Ohio; three grandsons and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters, including her twin that died at birth.

Kuehl worked for 50 years for the Robert Morrison family, mostly with the Morrison Agency in Minonk. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Luke Poczworowski officiating. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Anna Konwinski, 101 - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

The funeral of Anna "Connie" Konwinski, 101, of Minonk will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. The Rev. Donald Henderson and the Rev. Neri Greskoviak will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, with a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. She died at 12:20 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 2, 2001) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, where she had been a resident. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Church, Minonk, or Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

She was born May 22, 1900, in rural Flanagan, a daughter of Stanley and Mary Ziemer Gollon. She married Anthony Konwinski on Aug. 2, 1928, in Springfield. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann Stokowski, Minonk; two sons, John Konwinski, Minonk; and Stanley Konwinski, Marseilles; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Frances O'Connor; one infant brother; three sisters; and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Konwinski was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. For more than 40 years she had worked in restaurants, including C.I. Lewis Restaurant, the Morrison Chocolate Shop and the Coral Lounge Restaurant, all in Minonk.

Alfred Tjark Kettwich

Alfred Tjark Kettwich, 88 of 116 S. Elm St., Minonk passed away at 8:05 P.M. May 25, 2007 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. He was a member of St. Paulís United Church of Christ, Minonk where his funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 2, 2007 . Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Tuesday, June 1, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk.
Alfred was born July 5, 1918 in Minonk Township a son of John and Geskhe Harms Kettwich. He married Mabel M. Warnkes on July 9, 1939 at Benson. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Beverly (Arlen) Ruestman, Toluca; a son, Brad (Tina Whirrell) Kettwich, Eureka; a sister, Lucille Tolan, Minonk; 9 grandchildren, Brenda (Norbert) Wacker, Ken (Jocelyn) Kettwich, Laura Kitts, Kelly Adolphson, Greg Ruestman, Paul (Katie) Kettwich, Richard (Kristin) Kettwich, Bruce Kettwich and Robert Kettwich; 9 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Everett and Glenn, and a grandson, Brian Kettwich; and two sisters, Alice Uphoff and Marie Krug.
Alfred was a longtime farmer and an avid outdoors man. He truly enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing. He was a former member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a 4-H leader.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. 

Dale L. Kenyon

LOWPOINT -- Dale L. Kenyon, 85, of Rural Route 1 died at 11:48 p.m.
Monday, June 8, 1992, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Jan. 17, 1907, in Low point to William and Sophie Weffler Kenyon, he married Myrtle Whisler on Oct. 9, 1928,in Roanoke.  She survives, along with three sons, Donald of Washington, Willard of Marietta, Ga., and Dr. Dennis Kenyon of Rogersville, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Doris) Losher of Eureka and Mrs. Don (Jeannette) Olson of Postville, Iowa; one brother, Kenneth, and one sister, Violet Rowe, both of Lacon; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. One sister, four brothers and one granddaughter preceded him in death.

He farmed in Lowpoint and was a member and deacon of Oak Grove Church of the Brethren.  He also was a member of Woodford County Historical Society and Woodford County Farm Bureau.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at his church. Dennis Kennell and the Rev. Vernon Dean will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora, and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Lowpoint.   Memorials may be made to his church.

Elizabeth C. Kenyon
Washington - Elizabeth C. Kenyon, 73, of 206 N. Linnhill died at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born March 14, 1926, in Pekin to John and Elizabeth C. Tenner Regentz, she married Donald Kenyon on May 23, 1964, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Rob (Sandy) Craddick of Washington; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Jim (Linda) Gebel of Washburn and Mrs. Lee (Carol) Labile of Lakeside, Calif.; one stepson, Dean (and Marla) Kenyon of Lowpoint; one brother, Kenneth (and Minnie) Regentz of East Peoria; two grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; four stepgreatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. She belonged to the Peoria Church of the Brethren Brunch Bunch and Cupcakes Club. She attended Oak Grove Church of the Brethren in Lowpoint. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. The Revs. Robert DeBolt and Vernon Dean will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight and also one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Lowpoint. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Church of the Brethren or any charity.

Anne Kizer

WASHBURN - Anne Kizer, 72, of E. State St., Washburn, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (March 15, 2003) at Proctor Hospital, Peoria.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ries-McKitrick & Newton Mortuary, Washburn, with the Rev. Father Michael J. McKinnon officiating. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, rural Washburn. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Memorials may be made to the Washburn American Legion Post 661 or Heartland Healthcare Center, Henry.

She was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Streator, a daughter of Delmar and Dorothe Barnard Elting. She married Tom Kizer on October 23, 1955, in El Paso. He survives. Other survivors include one son, Darin (Yolanda) Kizer, Phoenix; two daughters, Dottie (Virgil) Ulrich, Lacon; and Tina (Jeff) Johnson, Peoria; a brother, Park Elting, Washburn; a granddaughter, Lori Ulrich; and four grandsons, Kyle Johnson, and Miles, Chase, and Tom Kizer. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Keith and Bruce Elting; and a sister Dorothe Larson.

She retired from Metamora Woodworking, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards Inc. of Kansas City, Mo. in 1993. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Peoria.

Wallace L. Kizer

CAZENOVIA - Wallace L. Kizer, 72, of R.R. 1, Box C10, Cazenovia, died at 2:41 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 28, 2001) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lenz Memorial Home, Lacon, the Rev. David Pyell officiating. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, rural Low Point. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the memorial home, with Masonic services at 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mr. Kizer was born June 19, 1929, at Gardner, Kan., a son of Arthur C. and Esther M. Kline Kizer. He married Clara May Halley on Nov. 12, 1948, in Washburn. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, Neil (Julia) Kizer, St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Marilyn (Kent) Abel, McDonough, Ga., and Teresa Bedwell, Clinton, Mo.; one brother, Thomas (Anna) Kizer, Washburn; two sisters, Grace Heltzell, Fort Myers, Fla., and Margaret Kizer, Peoria; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.

Stanley John Ketchmarkcontributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Stanley John Ketchmark, 86 years old, of Galena, formerly of Chicago, died July 4, 2000 at Galena Stauss Hospital. Born April 8, 1914 in Minonk , IL, the son of Stephen and Mary Smogorzewski Ketchmark.  He was a WWII U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine. He was employed as a machinist for 35 years at the Chicago Screw Co. and after retirement, he spent his time making jewelry.  Stanley came to Galena four years ago to make his home with his daughter, Patricia and Jack Berg.  He is survived by his daughter,Patricia (Jack) Berg of Galena; two sons, Stanley (Dorothy) of Omaha, NE and Thomas (Angie) of Tucson, AZ; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers and four sisters. Preceded in death by his parents; one sister; one brother;and two grandchildren in infancy.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cancer Society. A memorial graveside service will be held on July 7, 2000, at St. Patrick Cemetery in Minonk , IL, at 3 p.m., with Father Gillis officiating. Military Honors will be accorded at graveside.

Rita I. Kapraun - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Rita I. Kapraun, 58, died at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home.  Mrs Kapraun was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Metamora, a daughter of Joseph and Theresa Schaub Alig.  She married Edward Kapraun in Metamora on Nov. 20, 1954.  He survives.  Also surviving are four sons, Steve and Tim, both of Benson, Stan, Roanoke, and Pat, Carlock; three daughters, Jane Hauter, Metamora,, Alice Small and Karen Mullins, both of Metamora; five sisters, Rosemary Taylor, Rushville, Betty Ann Kapraun, Carina Stolter, Joan Turner and Josephine Trotter, all of Metamora; and seven grandchildren.  Her parents preceded her in death.  Mrs Kapraun was the Parish housekeeper of St John's Catholic Church in Benson and St Joseph's Catholic Church in Roanoke.  She taught catechism at both churches.  She was a 30-year member of the Wednesday Night Ladies Bowling League at Maple Lanes in Roanoke.  She was a member of the Benson American Legion Auxiliary, an election judge for Greene Township, and a member of the St John's Catholic Church Altar Society and St John's Catholic Church.

Doris Kapraun - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Doris Kapraun, 99, formerly of rural Benson, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday (April 15, 2008) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minonk where she was a resident.  Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John Catholic Church in Benson. Monsignor Charles Beebe will officiate. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery, Benson. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. today, following visitation, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson Ambulance or to St. Jude Children's Hospital. She was born on March 8, 1909, in Oak Hill, to Harvey and Anna McCoy Coon. She married William A. Kapraun on Oct. 5, 1950, in Brimfield. He died on May 12, 1993.  Surviving is one sister, Minnie Shea, Metamora; many nieces and nephews: and numerous great-nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.  Doris was a caregiver to Elena "Dodie" Heller Kubby in Peoria for many years.  She was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Benson, where she was active in the altar and rosary society. She was also a member of the Woodford County Home Extension.

Margaret Kiblinger
EUREKA - Margaret Adelle Kiblinger, 81, of Maple Lawn Homes died there at 3:27 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002.  Born June 26, 1920, in Mackinaw to Harvey and Theresa Kiel Reinholtz, she married Merle Eugene Kiblinger on June 29, 1940, in Eureka. He died Oct. 15, 1981. She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Kiblinger, and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are two sons, John (and Cathy) of Harrisonburg, Va., and Charles (and Deb) of Goodfield; two daughters, Mary (and Joe) Shallbetter of Peoria and Norma Smith of Goodfield; one sister, Norma Taylor of Pekin; 11 grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; and 15 great-grandchildren.  She formerly owned and operated Holiday Antique and Craft Shop in Eureka. She also had taught private arts and craft classes in Eureka for 30 years. Known as ''the bread lady,'' she sold bread at farmers markets throughout central Illinois. She was a former Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. She was a member of Eureka Christian Church.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Maple Lawn Homes, where visitation will be one hour before. The Revs. Bob Harnish and Steve Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery. Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Homes.

Gesche Hinrichs Schloemer Kettwich - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Mrs Kettwich Dies at Age of 101 on Sunday
Pioneer Woman Has 122 Living Descendants

Mrs Uffe Kettwich, 101, Minonk's oldest resident, and one who has 122 living descendants, came to the end of a long and useful life at 9:25 o'clock, Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 1952, when she passed away at the home of her son, Eilert Kettwich in this city.  She had been bedfast the last few weeks.  Death was due to the infirmities of old age.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, from St Petri's Lutheran curch at Windtown, with the Rev E.V. Schroeder, pastor, officiating, and the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home of Minonk, in charge.

Burial was in St Petri's cemetery.  Pallbearers were all grandchildren:  Eldon Kettwich, Clarence Kettwich, Alfred Kettwich, Orville Kettwich, John Baumann and Tjark Rients.  Flower carriers, all grandchildren, were Adaline Baumann, Ruth Timmerman, Erma Jean Rients, Florence Durre, Eileen Meils and Helen Girsch.

George Kenyon
George F. Kenyon, 89, of Lowpoint, died in Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth, Kan., Thursday, May 30.  He had resided in Kansas three years with a daughter.  He was born in Lowpoint, Jan. 8, 1879, son of Alfred and Esther Marie Beecher Kenyon and married Fannie Foster in Washburn Feb. 6, 1908.  She preceded him in death.  Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Ellen G. Wheeler of Tongahaie, Kansas; two sons, Francis Kenyon of East Peoria and Henry Kenyon of Lowpoint; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one brother, William Kenyon of Lacon.  Two brothers and one sister died earlier.  He had been a farmer in the Lowpoint Washburn area and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lowpoint.  Services were Sunday in the church.  Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Fannie Kenyon
Mrs. Fannie H. Kenyon,, 76, died in a Peoria Hospital early Monday.  Funeral services were at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lowpoint,  at 2 p.m. Wednesday.  The Rev. Curtis Johnson officiated.  Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery.  Mrs. Kenyon was born April 7, 1883, a daughter of Henry and Margaret Calvert Foster.  She was marriede to Fred Kenyon at Washburn Feb. 6, 1908.  Surviving are her husband, of Lowpoint, two sons, Francis, Washington, and Henry, Lowpoint, one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Wheeler, Leavenworth, Kan.; two sisters, Mrs. Delencey Scott, Bryan, Ohio, and Miss Josephine Foster, Leavenworth, Kan; and four grandchildren. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Allie Kenyon
Mrs. Allie Kenyon, 80, of Lowpoint died at 9:15 pm Wednesday October 21, 1964, at the Atteberry Nursing Home in Washburn, where she had been a patient seven weeks.  Funeral services were held at 2 pm Saturday in the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren west of Lowpoint.  Rev. M. A. Whisler officiated, assisted by Rev. Derwood L. Troxell.  Wilbur and Joan Abel sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Beyond the Sunset".  Burial was in Imhoff Cemetery.  Friends were received at the Pacey Memorial Home in Washburn on Friday evening.  Mrs. Kenyon was born May 3, 1884, daughter of Jackson and Eva Parker DeBolt.  She married William S. Kenyon on Feb. 19, 1921.  He preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren and had been a resident of the Lowpoint vicinity her entire life.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Hare, Lowpoint; five grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Gail Fehr, Metamora. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Henry A. Kenyon
Henry A. Kenyon, 73, of Lawrence, Kan., formerly of Lowpoint, died at 3 pm March 3, 1983, in the Veterans' Administration Hospital at Leavenworth, Kan.  Born Jan. 1, 1910, in Lowpoint, to Fred and Fannie Foster Kenyon, he moved to Lawrence about 10 years ago.  Surviving are one son, Allen of Lawrence; one brother, Francis Kenyon of Peoria Heights; and one sister, Ellen Wheeler of Bradenton, Fla.  Services and burial were in Lawrence. (contributed by Jane Foster)
Mrs. Henry Kenyon of Lowpoint dies of a heart attack.  Stricken on Saturday, June 13, 1953, while in car; died on way to hospital; funeral Tuesday.

Virdie Kenyon (Virdie Iolean Swisher (Gorrell, Kenyon)
Stricken with a heart attack in a car while on a detour on route 116 Saturday, Mrs. Henry Kenyon was dead on arrival at St. Francis hospital, Peoria.   The body was brought to the Mason funeral home in Metamora, where friends were received Monday.  Tuesday morning, the body was taken to the Lowpoint Evangelical United Brethren church, where services were held at 10 o'clock.  The Rev. Mr. Zimmerman of Washington officiating.  The body was then taken to Reese funeral home in Newon, IL. where final services were held at 1:30 p. m.  Wednesday.  Burial was at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Bogota, IL.   Virdie Iolean Swisher Gorrell Kenyon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Swisher, was born in Jasper County on September 20, 1909 and passed away on June 13, bringing her age to 43 years, eight months and 23 days.   She married Millard Eugene Gorrell on March 3, 1929.  To this union six children were born.  Mr. Gorrell passed away on November 22, 1947.   On November 23, 1949 she was united in marriage to Henry Kenyon.  To this union one child was born, Allen Russell Kenyon, on October 15, 1952.  Henry Kenyon lived in the Lowpoint community the past 20 years.   Some few years ago Mrs. Kenyon accepted Christ as her savior and united with the Lowpoint Evangelical United Brethren church, remaining a faithful member until the time of her passing.   Mrs. Kenyon was a true wife, a loving and kind mother and a good neighbor.  She will be missed by her family and a large circle of friends.   She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Henry Kenyon; seven children, Robert Gorrell, in service to his country and stationed in Japan; Cora Ellen Martinez of Oceanside, CA; Carolyn Gorrell, Paul Gorrell, James Gorrell, Connie Gorrell and Allen Kenyon all at home; her mother Mrs. Sarah Swisher of Newton; six bothers, Orbin Swisher, Raymond Swisher, Russell Swisher, and Austin Swisher all from the Newton area; one grand daughter and other relatives and many friends.  Her father, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death. (contributed by Paul Gorrell)

Ethel B. Keller
Ethel B. Keller, 96, of Eureka died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 19, 2005, at Olio Township Cemetery, Eureka. The Rev. Richard P. Richards will officiate. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka is handling arrangements. Ethel was born Dec. 17, 1909, in Lincoln, a daughter of Hugh and Nellie Mischler Sumner. She married John D. Keller Jr. on Jan. 28, 1928, in Eureka. He died May 10, 1982. Survivors include one son, John "Jack" (Nancy) Keller III of Eureka; two sisters, Irma Bowen of Sarasota, Fla., and Dorothy Eastman of Wyoming, Minn.; four grandchildren, Eugenia (Joe) Ehrlich of Bloomington, David (Molly) Wuethrich of Bloomington, Greg (Kim) Ring of Germantown, Tenn., and John (Jessica) Keller IV of Rockton; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Wuethrich; three brothers; and one sister. Ethel was a member of the Eureka Christian Church, a charter member of the Eureka Women's Club, former member of the Eureka Drama Club and past state officer and grand lecturer of O.E.S. She was a bookkeeper for John Keller and Sons and Wood-Mar Construction in Eureka, retiring in 1975 after 20 years of service. Memorial contributions may be directed to Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home. [contributed by a Friend of Genealogy]

Nancy Keller
Nancy Keller, 73, of Eureka, Ill., passed away at 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at her residence in Eureka. She was born on Sept. 20, 1938, in Eureka, Ill., a daughter of Glenn and Florence Schilling Miller. She married her childhood sweetheart, John "Jack" Keller III on April 19, 1959, in Eureka, Ill. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Jack Keller; one son, Dr. John (Jessica) Keller IV of Rockton, Ill.; and five grandsons, David, Carter, Matthew, John V and Christopher. She was preceded in death by her parents. Nancy held several secretarial positions in her early years and was a postal clerk at the Eureka Post Office for 38 years. As a young girl she spent many hours at the Eureka Public Library with a good book and won several reading contests. She was a loving mother and grandmother and most enjoyed spending time with her family and attending all their events. She was a member of the Eureka Christian Church in Eureka.  A private family graveside service will be held at Olio Township Cemetery. [contributed by a Friend of Genealogy]

Ruth Keller
Ruth Mildred Keller, 85, Fort Madison, Iowa, formerly of Eureka, died at 10:25 p.m. March 21, 2012, at Fort Madison Health Center, Fort Madison, Iowa. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, memorial service at Maple Lawn Chapel, Eureka. Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, is in charge of arrangements. She has been cremated. Memorials: Habitat For Humanity, accepted at Maple Lawn Chapel on the day of the service. Survivors: two sons, Dr. David Wenger-Keller, Fort Madison, Iowa, and Steven Keller, Carlsbad, Calif.; one brother, Maurice Yordy, Eureka; two sisters, Dorothy Yordy and Alta Graber, both of Eureka; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. [contributed by a Friend of Genealogy]

El Paso Boy Dies in France
Nelson Kamp
Mrs. Chris Schwitters of El Paso has received word of the death of her brother, Nelson Kamp, in a French military hospital, on October 19.  Death was due to pneumonia.  Nelson left his home in Palestine township in June, and after a course of instruction in a Kansas City automobile training school was sent overseas.

Memorial Mass For El Paso Soldier Boy
A requim mass for the late Edward Timothy Kearney, 23, technician fifth grade, who was killed in action in the South Pacific war area on August 23, was offered in St. Mary's church, El Paso, Monday morning at 10 o'clock by the Rev. Father J. A. Dollard, pastor.  Business houses in El Paso were closed from 9 to 11 a.m. and flags wre flown at half mast.  Members of the El Paso and Gridley American Legion posts attended the services in a body and had charge of military honors at the grave.  He was the son of Edward T. and Irene Roberts Kerney of near El Paso.  His parents and one brother, Hershel, 18, student at Illinois University, survive.  He entered army service in October, 1941. [Metamora Herald - October 1, 1943 p1 col 5]

Metamora Herald - Sep. 10, 1943
Cpl. Edward Kearney of El Paso Reported killed in New Guinea
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kerney, residing near El Paso in Gridley township, were advised in a war department telegram received Sunday that their son, Cpl. Edward T. Kearney, 23 years old, was killed in action in New Guinea on August 23.  He was El Paso's first war casuality.  Cpl. Kearney entered the army a year ago last October and had been in the South Pacific several months.  He was born October 19, 1919, in El Paso and was a graduate of El Paso Community high school.  Surviving are the parents and a brother, Herschel, a student at Illinois University.  He was a member of St. Mary's church, El Paso.

Metamora Herald Jul 2, 1948 pg 8 col 2
Burial of Edward T. Kearney, Killed in Solomons, at El Paso
Graveside rites for Edward Timothy Kearney, technician fifth grade, who was killed in action in the Solomon islands, August 23, 1943, were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's cemetery, El Paso.  The Rev. James A. Dollard, pastor of St. Mary's church, officiated. Members of the El Paso post of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion posts at El Paso and Gridley conducted a military service. The body arrived at Chenoa Wednesday morning and was taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kearney, east of El Paso, on route 24, where friends were received at 1:30p.m.  Edward was born Oct. 19, 1919, near Gridley, a son of Edward and Irene Roberts Kearney. He graduated from the El Paso Township High school and entered the Army in October of 1941. He was a member of Company D of the 162nd Infantry. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Herschel Peter Kearney of Bloomington, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Peter Roberts, of El Paso.

Pvt. Richard W. King, of El Paso is Killed in Action in Luxembourg
Pvt. Richard W. King was killed in action in Luxembourg on March 7, according to word received in El Paso, Monday.  He formerly lived in El Paso with his grandmother, Mrs. Frances Stephenson.  Richard William King, son of Wm. and Ethelyn Stephenson King, was born at Moline, on July 4, 1921.  He was a graduate of the El Paso township high school, and had been in service for about three years.  He married Mary Louise Drake of Elkhart, Ill., on March 28, 1942.  Surviving are his wife, and a 14 months old daughter, Joyce Ann, Elkhart, his father, in Wisconsin; his mother and a sister, Frances, both of Wyoming, Ill.; another sister, Mrs. Jeanette Stevenson, Lebanon, Ill.; his maternal grandmother, El Paso.

Metamora Herald, Oct. 8, 1948 pg7 col6
Body of Pvt. Richrd King Brought to El Paso for Interment
The body of Pvt. Richard William King who was killed in action in Germany March 7, 1945, has been returned to the United States for burial.  The body was taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Ethelyn King at Wyoming, Ill., Friday.  funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Federated church in El Paso. El Paso Post No. 59 American Legion conducted military rites in Evergreen cemetery, where burial was made.  Pvt. King was born July 4, 1921, at Moline, a son of William and Ethelyn Stephenson King.  He graduated from El Paso Township High school and served about three years in the army.  He married Miss Mary Louise Drake of Elkhart, March 28, 1942. He is survived by his wife, now Mrs. Thomas Flynn, and a daughter, Joyce Ann, of Brimfield; his mother, Mrs. King, a sister, Frances and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Franc Stephenson, all of Wyoming, Ill.

Raymond E. Kilpatrick
EL PASO, IL - Raymond E. Kilpatrick, 78, of El Paso, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, in Heritage manor.  Born Aug. 27, 1917, in El Paso, son of Samuel J. and Mary Ellen [Bridell] Kilpatrick.  Married Ferne E. Bigger, May 17, 1941, in kSt. Louis, Mo.  Member of First United Church of Gridley; El Paso American Legion Post No. 59, where he served as chairman of the Avenue of flags for 16 years.  Served as quartermaster in the US Army Infantry during World War II.  Survived by wife, Ferne Kilpatrick of El Paso; two daughters, mary Ellen Kilpatrick of Belvidere and Donna Rae Phillips of Washington, Ill.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.  Services at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26 in First United Church, Gridley, Ill.  Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, with full military rites.  Visitation 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Froelich Memorial Home, one hour prior to the services in the church.  Memorials to El Paso Rescue Squad, El Paso American Legion Post No. 59 or Heritage Manor Nursing Home.

Dolores Z. Kominoski
Dolores Z. Kominoski, 101, Bloomington, died at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday (April 21, 2009) at LeRoy Manor Nursing Home, LeRoy. Dolores was born March 7, 1908, in El Paso, the daughter of Edward and Frances E. Schlink Corbitt. She married Edward M. Kominoski in El Paso in 1930. He died in 1994. She was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters. Dolores graduated from El Paso High School. After high school, she worked for Maplewood Greenhouse and later in the Bloomington Junior High School cafeteria. Dolores was a member of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington.  [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Grace Kingdon
Mrs Lewis Kingdon died at her home in Panola township at 3:00 a.m. November 2, 1942, after an illness of many years with heart trouble, being bedfast for three weeks. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, ,at 1:30 from the home and from the Methodist church at 2:00 o'clock, Rev Osceola McNemar conducting, assisted by Rev Lloyde G. Strouse. Mrs Lester Kingdon and Mrs Harold Coffman sang, accompanied by Mrs Strouse. Six grandchildren served as pallbearers. Interment was in Evergreen cemetery. Grace Gibbs was born in Devonshire, England, July 21, 1865, a daughter of John and Agnes Gibbs. She and her brother, William Gibbs, came to America in 1882 and located near Gridley. On January 25, 1888, she married Lewis Kingdon and they resided on a farm north of Gridley for two years and then moved to a farm northeast of El Paso where Mrs Kingdon's death occurred last Monday. Her husband died May 7, 1940. The deceased is survived by five sons: Harry, at home; Archie, of Gridley; Ralph, Claude and Alfred, of El Paso. There are 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In early womanhood Mrs Kingdon united with the Gridley Methodist church. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Mrs. Katie Kamp, Washburn, Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. Louis [Katie] Kamp, 85, Washburn, who died there Wed., July 9, were held at 2 pm Sat. at Pacey Memorial Home, Washburn, the Rev. George Hunt, officiating. Burial was in Lynn Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Washburn. Born near Washburn in Marshall County, she was a daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Wagner Koch. She was married in Washburn in 1905 to Louis C. Kamp. He died in 1934. Surviving are a dau., Mrs. Clarabelle Peterson, Lacon; a son, Glen Kamp, rural Washburn, two grandchildren; and four sisters, the Misses Lizzie, Annie, and Emma Koch of rural Washburn and Mrs. Louis Danhof, Lacon. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death. [Henry News Republican, July 16, 1969]

Garmer R. "Baldy" Kleen, 86 - March 08, 2013
Garmer R. "Baldy" Kleen, 86, of Minonk died at 3:14 a.m. Friday (March 8, 2013) at Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, with Father Hans Flondor, OFM Conv. officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today, with a rosary to be recited at 2:30 p.m. at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Jude Children's Hospital or the charity of the donor's choice. Baldy was born March 25, 1926, in Minonk Township, the son of Garmer and Emma Ioeger Kleen. He married Alda Nauman on May 31, 1952, in Roanoke. She survives. Also surviving are five children, Greg (Susan) Kleen, El Paso; Janet (Kleen) Torres, Minonk; Kathy (Ron) Kleen, Graymont; Randy Kleen, El Paso; and Denny Kleen, Minonk; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, George, Melvin and Lester; and four sisters, Helen Bachman, Pearl Higgins, Ann Herman and Hilda Miller. Baldy was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both in Minonk. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 in the 3014th Engineering Maintenance Company station in Japan. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. Baldy was a livestock grain farmer in rural Minonk. He enjoyed baking, square dancing, playing cards and watching the vehicles go by on 251 and 39. The highlight of his life was playing Santa Claus with the Misses for over 30 years. The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Hakes and the staff at Meadows for the special care they had given to our dad.

Osborn Mitchell Kent Jr.
Osborn Mitchell Kent Jr. DIED in Eureka, Tuesday, November 14th, 1893, Osborn M. Kent, aged 30 years, 10 months and 4 days. O.M. Kent was born in Eureka January 9th, 1863.  His illness was of short duration lasting only nine days.  He was one of eight brothers, one being Mr. Z.T. Kent of Middleport township who lives a little way north of this city.  He leaves a wife and a little boy three years old to mourn his loss. Mr. Kent was a good citizen, generous to a fault and leaves a host of friends, numbering several in this county who mourn his untimely end.  He was a prominent Odd Fellow, and many members of the order were present at the funeral from Peoria, Washington, Secor and Fairbury.  To the afflicted family our sincerest sympathy is extended. [The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday, November 29, 1893, cb dmcneeley]

Angela R. "Angie" Ketchmark, 99, Morton, died at 5:40 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 13, 2012) at Apostolic Christian Restmor, Morton. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Morton, with Father Mark DeSutter and Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Clayton Township Cemetery, Benson. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Morton, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 225 E. Greenwood St., Morton, IL 61550. She was born April 18, 1913, in Minonk, daughter of Thomas and Hedwig Geboski Ketchmark. Surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and two sisters. Angie worked as an audit clerk at Caterpillar Inc. in the accounting department, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton and its Altar and Rosary Society. She also was a member of the Catholic Women's League in Peoria. Angie did a good deed every day whether it was baby-sitting for neighborhood kids, providing needed rides or baking delicious sweets for neighbors or friends. Angie always said, "I hope there is nobody who dislikes me because that would hurt me more than anything, because I love people."

Learns of Brother's Death
MINONK- Word was received Tuesday of the death of Pvt. Thomas Ketchmark, who was reported as having been killed in action during the Sicilian campaign on Aug. 3. Pvt. Ketchmark, 32, was inducted into the army three years ago. He was later discharged under the 28 year age limit and then recalled two months later. Prior to his induction he was employed by the Vissering Mercantile company. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ketchmark of Chicago, and nine brothers and sisters, Raymond, Stanley, Helen, Leona, Dorothy, Anne and Jean of Chicago; Joseph of Minonk and Mrs. Frank Hines of Indianapolis, Ind. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)9/10/1943]

Frank Ketchmark
MINONK - Frank L. Ketchmark. 74. died at 10 35 p.m. Saturday at Proctor Hospital. Peoria. He had been a patient since Thursday. His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, the Rev. Leo Pfeiffer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the Wilcox-Folkers Memorial Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. He was born Oct. 1. 1894. at Minonk, a son of Thomas and Hedwig Gebowski Ketchmark. He married Anastasia Kinger at Wenona Oct. 20. 1921. | Surviving are his wife; his mother, El Paso; two sons, Donald, Minonk; and Frank, in the Navy: two daughters. Mrs. Eva Davis, Minonk; and Mrs. Joyce Jolly. South Beloit; five brothers. Joe and Victor, both of South Bend. Ind.: Stanley. Peoria: Pat. in Florida; and Anton, Pontiac; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Koch. Benson; and Miss Angela. Morton; A half brother, Peter. Flint, Mich.; a half sister. Mrs. Florence Wyant, Chiago; 12 grandchildren: and a great-grandchild. His father, two brothers and a half brother preceded him in death. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, Nov 4, 1968]

John Kirkton
On Thursday (March 19, 2015) in Minonk, after 83 years, the Lord called John Kirkton, of Minonk, home to reunite with his parents, Donald and Veida Kirkton, and his brothers, Tom and Bill. He shared 63 wonderful years with the love of his life, Mary, whose high school picture he carried faithfully in his wallet. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. John was known for his quick-witted comments, storytelling and his uncanny memory. He loved fishing at the Chain of Lakes in Chetek, Wis., Mary's famous pies, bragging about his children and grandchildren and the companionship of the family's beloved pets. "We love you and will miss you, John, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa." -  Your loving wife, Mary; children [living]---. There will be a private family memorial service at the First Baptist Church, Minonk. Cremation rites will be accorded and inurnment will be at a later date in Waldo Township Cemetery, rural Gridley. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions will be used in John's name as a local donation yet to be determined.

Lloyd A. Krahling
METAMORA -- Lloyd A. Krahling, 86, of 1200 E. Partridge St., Metamora, formerly of 917 E. Kay St., Morton, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday (July 3, 2005) at Snyder Village Health Center in Metamora. He was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Benton County, Iowa, to Henry G. and Elizabeth Schuler Krahling. He married Mabel L. Matter on June 20, 1950, in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are one sister, Elsie (John) Murriseh, Kelseyville, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Velma Matter, Minonk; and Ella Matter, Streator; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three stepbrothers; and three stepsisters. He was a 1938 graduate of Atkins High School in Atkins, Iowa. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, where he served in Italy. He worked for Iowa Manufacturing Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for 11 years. He then worked for 35 years at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1985. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5921, both in Morton, and American Legion Post 142 in Minonk. He served as a Red Coat volunteer at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, for 17 years. His service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at his church with the Rev. Brian Pape officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery in Minonk, where full military services will be conducted. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton is handling arrangements.

Joseph L. Ketchmark
Joseph L. Ketchmark, 94, of Minonk, IL passed away at 5:35a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. He was born on April 26, 1920 in Minonk, IL a son of Steve and Mary Smokergeski Ketchmark.  He married Jean Meils on August 23, 1941in Joliet, IL. She passed away on August 3, 2008. Survivors also include two daughters, Jill Goodwin of Highland, IN; Janan (Ed) Cheskis of Riverwoods, IL; two sisters, Jean Barth of Minonk, IL; Herbie of Indiana; four grandsons, [living]; two great grandchildren, [living]. He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 brothers and sisters. Joseph worked at the Pontiac Prison for at least 25 years. Joseph was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk and American Legion. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Graveside services will be held at 11:00a.m.on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Minonk Township Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at the grave. Franciscan Friars will officiate.There will be no visitation. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk is handling arrangements.

Donald Raymond Ketchmark
Donald Raymond Ketchmark, 68, of Minonk died Monday (Jan. 8, 2001) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. A memorial Mass was held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Church, the Rev Robert Gilles officiating. Burial with military rites by the Minonk American Legion and VFW posts was in St. Patrick's Cemetery. He was born Aug. 5, 1932, at Minonk, the son of Frank L. and Anastasia Kinger Ketchmark. He married Iris Jean Hill on March 16, 1956, at Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are four sons, two daughters, and two sisters. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Mr. Ketchmark died peacefully surrounded with the love of his family after a long illness. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and was an avid golfer. He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. after 20 years in 1998. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955. [The Pantagraph, cb Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Mary Koehler Kohl
Paul Kohl was called to the bedside of his aged mother recently and reached home in time to speak with her before she passed away. Mary Koehler was born in Gimmeldingen, Germany, Nov. 21, 1843 and passed away at her home in Minok, Ill. Dec. 3, 1918.  The deceased came to this country with her parents in 1852 and in February 1859, she was united in marriage to Jacob Kohl.  She leaves to mourn her death Mrs E. Schuck, Denver, Colo., Peter Kohl, Minonk, Ill., Paul Kohl, Williams, Iowa, Charles of Washburn and George and Mrs Wm. Barth of Minonk, Ill.  The Minonk paper gave a splendid testimony of the esteem in which this estimable woman was held in her own home. [Webster City Freeman (Iowa), Webster City Freeman, December 09, 1918, cb Amy R-T]

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