Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1921

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XIV, Number 18 - Aug 4, 1921 - Page 367

King -. Abraham King was born January 3, 1849, in Lawrence County, Pa. His parents were Shem and Anna King. He grew to manhood in his native county, and then removed to Logan county, Ohio. He was united in marriage with Mattie Yoder, who with eleven children, still survives. He accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in early life and lived a consistent and active Christian life. He died Apr. 1, 1921; aged 72 y. 2 m. 29 d. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, and were conducted by Brethren A. I. Yoder and Levi Plank.

Summer - Christian Summer was born in France Jan 15, 1834; died at Eureka, Ill., July 2, 1921; aged 87 y. 5 m. 17 d. When nearly two years old he came with his parents to this country and settled near Metamora, Ill., where he grew to manhood, and spent his life as a farmer as long as his health permitted. He was united in marriage to Phoebe Oyer Feb. 26, 1859. To this union were born seven sons and two daughters. An aged widow, three, three sons, two daughters, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive. Services at the house by Bro. P. Garber and at the Metamora Church by P. A. Garber and A. A. Schrock.

Plank - Solomon K. Plank was born near Smithville, Ohio, March 17, 1837; died at the home of his son-in-law, Bishop David Garber, Jonestown, Pa., July 14, 1921, of acute congestion of the lungs (being sick only 4 days); aged 84 y. 3 m. 27 d. He served in the office of deacon 42 years. Short services were held at the home at Jonestown, Pa., then the body was taken to Orrville, O. Burial took place at the Paradise Church. Services conducted by Bros. E. F. Hartzler, Ira Buchwalter, and P. R. Lantz. One of his words were, "Not my will but thine be done." He was a great fried of children and always had a kind work for them. And when opportunity afforded he spoke to the unsaved, and tried to win them to Jesus. The morning he died Bro. John Darcas was made deacon at Gingrich's Church. We are glad to know as the old pillars of the church pass away, God places other faithful ones in their place.

Garber - Lovina Susannah Garber was born near Selkirk, Haldiman Co., Ont., Jan. 15, 1859; died at her home in Elkhart, Ind., of paralysis, July 25, 1921; aged 62y. 6m. 10d. She was the daughter of Jacob and Juliann Kindy. When six years of age, she removed with her parents from Ontario to a farm near Kalamazoo, Mich., and has since resided at various parts of Michigan and Indiana, coming to Elkhart about four years ago. Nov. 25, 1877, she was united in marriage to Isaac Garber. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters (David N., Sault Ste., Marie, Ont., Omer S., Goshen, Ind., Leander S., Foraker, Ind., Mark L., Elkhart, Ind. Mary Reinbold, Oscoda, Mich., Anna Krahwinkle, Elkhart, Ind., and Pearl Shingledecker, Vicksburg, Mich.), all of whom, besides husband, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, survive her. She also leaves a brother, William Kindy of Mottville, Mich., and a half brother, Samuel Kindy of Toronto, Ont. She united with the Mennonite Church about 27 years ago and remained faithful until death. Funeral at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church at Elkhart, Ind., July 28, 1921 by J. F. Fund and Jacob K. Bixler from the text, Job 14:14.

Bontrager - J. J. Bontrager was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, October 31, 1845. He was the sixth child of John and Anna Summers Bontrager. He was united in marriage to Martha King, Nov. 15, 1866, and they resided in Fairfield county until 1882, when they came to Logan county, Ohio, where he resided until his death. Ten children, six daughters and four sons, were born to them. Two daughters died in infancy, and one son, Joseph, at the age of 25 years. The mother died Dec. 5, 1885. On March 8, 1887, he was united in marriage to Fannie Slonecker; one son Andrew, was born to them. Andrew died March 21, 1919, aged 24 years. Father Bontrager united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and always remained a firm believer and strong advocate of the faith he so dearly loved. He died July 9, 1921, aged 75 y. 8 m. 8 d. While our hearts are crushed and sorrowful, we feel an all-wise God is "too wise to err, and too good to be unkind," and we submissively bow to Him and say "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held at South Union Church, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Brethren A. I. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in South Union cemetery.

Eberly - Martha (Martin) Eberly was born near Burton City, Wayne County, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1838; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. F. Ressler, at Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 1921; aged 82 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to Henry Eberly November 15, 1860. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband and 4 sons preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 son, 4 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and many friends. About 50 years ago, she with her husband united with the Martin Mennonite Church near Orrville, Ohio, to which she remained faithful until death. She was much concerned about her children and grandchildren that all of them would seek and find the Savior in whom she trusted. Funeral at the Martin Church near Orrville, O., May 22. She chose two texts, Luke 23:28 and Eccl. 12:1. The last one used by Bro. Adam Brenneman assisted by the brethren I. W. Royer and I. J. Buchwalter. We miss her from our homes, but when we remember "In thy presence is fullness of joy; at the right hand there are pleasures for evermore" we can say, "Lord, thy will be done."

Zimmerman - Magdalena, daughter of Christian and Salome Slagle, was born in Tazewell county, Ill., May 3, 1846, where she resided with her parents until her marriage with Peter Zimmerman which occurred on February 26, 1865. M To this union were born four children: William of Carthage, Ill.; Edward of Garden City, Mo.; Jonathan of Colume, S. Dak., and Mrs. Lydia Helmuth of Roanoke. All were present with the bereaved husband and father when she passed to her reward on July 3 at her home in Roanoke, aged 75 y. and 2 m. Deceased united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful and consistent member until her death. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband and children, nineteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers: Benjamin of Wayland, Iowa, and Daniel of Flanagan, Ill,; three sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth King of Herron Lake, Minn., Mrs. Salome Yordy of Roanoke and Mrs. Lydia Smith of Flanagan. The funeral was held July 5 from the Harmony Mennonite Church. Bro. Joseph Reber of Shelbyville and Bro. Peter Gerber of Cazenovia conducted the services. Interment was made in the Metamora township Mennonite cemetery five miles west and two miles north of Roanoke.

Tyson - Aaron V. Tyson was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 25, 1903; died near Nappanee, Ind., July 17, 1921; aged 7* y. 8 m. 22 d. He was the youngest son of Joseph and Elizabeth Tyson and is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Levi and Elmer), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Wm. Goetz and Ruth). He spent his entire life in the parental home, mostly in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind. In December 1916, he accepted Christ as his Savior and on Jan. 7, 1917, he was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism. In the home he was cheerful and obedient, working for the comfort and happiness of his parents; as a member of the Church, he was faithful and consistent, diligent in attending services. He lived an exemplary Christian life for one of his age. From early childhood he showed a special interest in Bible study, seldom allowing a day to pass without reading a passage of Scripture. On the afternoon of his death, he with a few others went to a nearby dam. About ten minutes after entering he came into water too deep to wade and sank. The body came to the surface only once, and being some distance from his comrades, they could not help him. When they did arrive at the place they could not raise the body, and before expert help was secured it had been in the water more than an hour. His sudden taking away should serve as a solemn warning to all to live in such a way as to be prepared to meet God any moment. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, July 19, conducted by D. A. Yoder and J. W. Christophel. Text, I Sam. 20:3 (latter clause). Burial in nearby cemetery.
*Age should be 17 - Research by Thelma Hoover Martin, July 2010

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Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 19 - Aug. 11, 1921

Garber. Jonathan Garber, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mellie Hershberger, July 2, 1921; aged 88 y. 8 m. 10 d. Services were held a. All were present with the bereaved husband and father when she passed to her reward on July 3, 1921, at her home in Roanoke, Ill.; aged 75 y. 2 m. Diseased united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. She leaves her husband, 4 children, 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Benjamin and Daniel), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth King, Mrs. Salome Yordy, and Mrs. Lydia Smith). The funeral was held July 5 from the Harmony Church, Joseph Reher of Shelbyville, Ills., and Peter Garber of Cazenovia, Ills., conducting the services. Interment in the Metamora Tp. Cemetery. 5 miles west and 2 miles north of Roanoke.

Bontrager - .Polly (Miller), wife of Bro. D. M. Bontrager, was born Sept. 24, 1888; died after an operation for hernia at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hutchinson, Kans., July 29, 1921; aged 32 y. 10 m. 5 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 7 children, father, 3 brothers, 7 sisters, and a host of friends. Services were conducted by D. E. Mast and E. S. Beachy. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Shantz.- Verda, daughter of Samuel and Ida Shantz, died July 14, 1921; aged 1 y. 7. M. 4 d. Little Verda's death was due to an auto accident in which she was instandly killed. May the Lord abundantly bless the parents. Funeral services conducted by Bro. N. E. Roth assisted by N. R Weber. Buried in the West Zion Mennonite Cemetery near Carstains, Alta.
'Tis hard to part with you, dear Verda
We can only wonder why,
Thou hast left us grieved and lonely,
May we meet thee by and by.

Hess. Paulina Ann Hess was born March 20, 1840, in Germany; died at the Wichita (Kans.) Hospital, July 25, 1921; aged 81 y. 4 m. 5 d. She was married to Emel Hess in 1863, in Germany. He died May 30, 1909. In early life they were members of the Lutheran Church. After coming to Oklahoma they united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful members. To them were born 9 children, 4 preceding them. She leaves 5 children, 39 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the Springs Church, near Manchester, Ikla., by J. J. Zimmerman of Harpr, Kans., July 27, 1921. Text, John 5:29.
By a friend.

Slagle.--Magdalene, daughter of Christian and Salome Slagle, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., May 3, 1846. Here she resided with her parents until her marriage with Peter Zimmerman on February 26, 1865. To this union were born four children William, Edward, Jonathan, and Lydia). All were present with the bereaved husband and father when she passed to her reward on July 3, 1921, at her home in Roanoke, Ill.; aged 75 y. 2 m. Diseased [sic] united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. She leaves her husband, 4 children, 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers. (Benjamin and Daniel), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth King, Mrs. Salome Yordy, and Mrs. Lydia Smith). The funeral was held July 5 from the Harmony Church, Joseph Reber of Shelbyville, Ills., and Peter Garber of Cazenovia, Ills., conducting the services. Interment in the Metamora Tp. cemetery, 5 miles west and 2 miles north of Roanoke.

Ramer.Jonas, son of the late Peter Ramer, was born Aug. 4, 1827; died near the place of his birth, Markham, Ont., July 30, 1921; aged 93 y. 11 m. 27 d. He was married to Frances Hoover about 1850. To this union were born 11 children. Four sons survive the father. In 1883 he married his second wife Fammy Reaman. She died in 1917. Brother Ramer became a member of the Mennonite Church about 70 years ago. While he was of a quiet and retiring disposition yet he manifested a strong zeal for the cause of his Master. The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church on Aug.1.

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XIV, Number 20 - Aug 18, 1921, Page 399

Clemens - Jacob E. Clemens was born near Breslau, Ont., June 21, 1840. During the last 21 years he was employed as a janitor at the Kitchener Post Office. On the morning of July 23 he died very suddenly of heart failure while engaged at his work as usual. His age was 81 y. 1 m. 2 d. As a civil servant at the post office he served under three sovereigns; viz. Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and King George V. On Apr. 28, 1863, he was married to Magdalena Bricker, who with 1 son and 1 daughter and a grandson are left to mourn his departure. In April, 1911, he united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services on July 26 at the First Mennonite Church conducted by U. K. Weber assisted by J. P. Hauck.

Wisler - Magdalene Lesher Wisler was born Feb., 28, 1841, in Franklin Co., Pa.; died at the home of her son-in-law, Manasses Ziegler, June 28, 1921, near Leetonia, O.; aged 80 y. 4 m. When 9 years old she moved with her parents to Mahoning Co., O., in the year 1850. She was married to Jonas Wisler in 1859, who died nearly 4 years ago. To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son: Sarah Ziegler, Ida Detwiler, John L. Wisler. There remain to mourn her departure, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, a kind and loving mother, always concerned about the welfare of others. Services were held at the Leetonia Church by Bros. Harvey Horst and Daniel Witmer. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment in the Leetonia Cemetery.

Sommers - Elizabeth Slabaugh was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 26, 1827; died July 24, 1921; aged 94 y. 3 m. 29 d. About 1853 she was married to Joseph Sommers. To this union were born 10 children. Husband and 5 children preceded her in death. She leaves 1 sister (Susie Mast), 3 sons (Joseph, Daniel and Christian), 2 daughters (Lizzie Boley and Fannie Snider), 1 stepson (Levi Sommers), 2 step-daughters (Nancy Troyer and Mattie Blosser), 30 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren. In 1904 she came to Howard Co., Ind., and made her home with her son Daniel, where she died. She was bed-stricken for 16 weeks. During that time she often spoke of going home to Jesus. She was a faithful member of the Old Order Amish. Funeral at the house by John Gingerich, Noah Bontrager, and E A. Mast. Text, II Tim. 4:7.

Hershey entered into rest, July 19,, 1921, Mary Ann, wife of Josiah Hershey, Sr., at their home in Gap, Pa.; aged 80 y. 87 m. 5 d. She is survived by her husband, now in his 82nd year, and also by 63 of 77 descendants. Of their family of 12 children, 4 are living. There were 24 grandchildren, of who 22 are living. Of the 37 great-grandchildren, 34 are living. Of the 4 great-great-grandchildren, 3 are living. Grandmother was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church for 62 years, always in close touch with the Sabbath school, and had never missed a communion service unless prevented by poor health. Her faith remains a shining light to her succeeding generations, and we feel assured that she is with Jesus, her hourly refuge. Dearly beloved by her family to whom she was beautifully devoted, and held in high esteem by all who knew her and who enjoyed her generous hospitality, her absence from us is compensated for only by our knowledge that she is with her Lord. But it is hard to realize that the bright light of the delightful home where she was active hostess has left us to shine elsewhere, for, up to a month of her death, she and grandfather needed little assistance to their keeping up their wonted hospitality to the large and frequent family groups that gathered there in delightful companionship. On, how we miss her.
A granddaughter.

Peachy - Urie Lee, son of Bro. Thomas and Sister Jemina (Yoder) Peachy, died very suddenly July 26, 1921; aged 3 y. 6 m. 24 d. While his father and helpers were hauling in oats little Urie was in the barn. His father told him to go away and he did. In a few minutes he came over to the wagon unknown to his father and the team pulled the wagon forward a little farther and in some way passed over little Urie. He was seen at once and taken to the house and the physician called, but Urie peacefully passed away. He lived only about 15 minutes. May we say, Thy will be done. This is indeed a loud call to all to be ready, for in a moment, in the twinkle of an eye, God may call us. Little did his parents think that morning that before noon Little Urie would be in eternity. The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed by the name of the Lord. Jesus said, Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. May the parents look to God for comfort in this their hour of affliction. He is survived by his parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers. Funeral services July 27 at Locust Grove Church, Belleville, Pa., by Bros. Samuel T. and Jonas D. Yoder. Interment nearby.

He takes them home where pain and woe,
Will ne er disturb them more,
Oh, let us all prepare to go
And with them Christ adore.
S. F. Y.

Blosser - John Blosser was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, Aug. 5, 1855; died July 28, 1921; aged 65 y. 11 m. 23 d. In 1869 he, with his mother, brothers, and sister, moved to Hancock Co., where he has resided. He was married Dec. 26, 1876, to Magdalena Brenneman, daughter of Bishop John M. Brenneman. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. They are: Mrs. J. A. Hilty, Naomi, Mrs. J. D. Yoder, Mary, Christian B., Timothy H., and John Mark. He was ordained to the ministry in 1891, and to the office of bishop in 1905. He regarded these calls to service and responsibility with great seriousness and never spare himself to fulfill his obligations in this work. During the earlier part of his ministry he spent a great deal of time, often at great personal sacrifice, in evangelistic work of the Mennonite Church of which he had become a member at the age of 21. In this work he was blessed with no small degree of success. He has for many years been specially interested in the education and welfare of our young people, especially those of his own church, and conscientiously and constantly tried to keep himself in a position to face honestly and frankly their problems and sympathize with their difficulties. He was, for a number of years, president of the Mennonite Board of Education, and he was a warm supporter of Goshen College because he believed that the institution stimulated in no small degree the missionary zeal of the Church he loved, and at the same time furnished the necessary opportunity for training not only for this special field of work but also for other Christian vocations. He was always ready to encourage any movement which he believed to be for the spiritual uplift and welfare of the Church on community.
During the last few years of his life, and particularly during his last sickness, he was especially burdened with a message which he felt himself incapable of expressing adequately. This was the message of grace. He repeatedly insisted that not one single thing that he ever did would help to save him. By grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any may should boast. Was his constant motto. He often expressed the fear that the Mennonite Church might lose sight of the fact that it can not save itself, or any one within the circle of its influence by any man-made regulations or decrees, however perfect they might be. I am ready; Christ is my salvation, were among his last words. To him the Gospel of Christ was a message of hope and good cheer. This was especially exemplified in a cheerful and optimistic spirit with which he faced his affliction and death. Carry your cross with a smile, was his constant admonition. He did not live to a great age; did not even reach the allotted three score years and ten. But he lived rapidly and much, and his life was filled to an unusual degree with a full measure of difficulty and success, its joys and sorrows, its love and service and sacrifice. He leaves his beloved companion, their sever children, 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers, a sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. We do not think of him as going to the lonely and silent grave. He has given us abundant evidences that he has entered into the joys of the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Paul E. Whitmer, assisted by Bros. J. M. Shenk, C. Z. Yoder, and J. J. Anglemyer. His body was laid to rest in Hasson Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 21 - Aug 25, 1921

Musser,- Marvin, son of Noah H. and Mary G. (nee Sauder) Musser, died Aug. 9, 1921; aged 11 m. 1 d. Interred in the Bowmansville, Pa., burial ground. Bros. I. B. Good and Moses Gehman officiated. Text, Psa. 30:5, latter clause.

Martin - Bertha Martin was born Aug. 1, 1904; died at the home of Jacob Schrag Aug. 9, 1921; aged 17 y. 8 d. Her death was caused by consumption and she leaves father, 3 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services at the Amish Church, near Croghan, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1921, conducted by Joseph Zehr in English and Christian M. Nafziger in German. Interment in the Kirschnerville cemetery

Solberg - Edith Barbara, baby daughter of Eli and Barbara (Reil) Solberg, died July 11, 1921, near Tofield, Alta., aged 3 m. 14 d. She leaves parents, two sisters, grandparents, one great-grandmother, a number of uncles, aunts and cousins. Death was caused by pneumonia. Funeral was held at the Salem Mennonite Church July 13. Services were conducted by Bro. N. E. Roth and Bro. N. B. Stauffer. Text, Isa. 41:17.

Newcomber - Matthias Newcomber, son of David and Christiana Newcomber, was born in Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio, Dec. 4, 1848; died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Aaron Shaum in Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 13, 1921; aged 72 y. 8 m. 9 d. He was stricken with cancer about two years ago, which was the cause of his death. He united with the Mennonite Church, Dec. 25, 1909, and in his quiet way served the Master till death. He is also survived by two brothers, William Newcomber of Tucson, Ariz., and David Newcomber of Houghton, Wash. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Church, Aug. 15, 1921, conducted by J. F. Funk and Jacob K. Bixler.

Hooley - Mary, wife of Amandu Hooley, Weilersville, O., was born in Stark Co., O., Jan 26, 1846; died at her late home near Weilersville, July 19, 1921; aged 75 y. 5 m. 23 d. Early in her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful, consistent member to the end of her earthly career. She suffered much for more that a year before the Lord called her to her reward. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sisters, one brother, and many others who have learned to know and love her to mourn her departure. The funeral services were conducted by J. A. Liechty assisted by David Hostetler, P. R. Lantz, and Aaron Hiestand. Text, II Peter 1:10. Burial in the Beech A. M. Cemetery, Stark Co., O. Peace to her ashes.

Yousey - Lena (Moser) Yousey was born June 20, 1886; died at her home near Croghan, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1921, of quick consumption. In December, 1909, she united in marriage with Menno Yousey and to this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survive with husband, father, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters. Her mother and 3 brothers preceded her to the great beyond. Funeral services were held Aug. 12, 1921, at the Amish Church, of which she was a member, conducted by Joseph Lehman in English and Christian Nafziger in German. Texts, I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:12-20. Interment in Kirschnerville cemetery.

And since it is God's holy will,
We must be parted for a while;
In sweet submission all in one,
We'll say, Our Father's will be done.
Dear fellow youths, in Christian ties,
For mansions in the skies,
Fight on, you'll win the happy shore,
Where parting hands are known no more.

Gerber - Sister Elizabeth Gerber, nee Zuercher, was born near Dalton, O., Aug. 16, 1861; died Aug. 1, 1921; aged 59 y. 11 m. 15 d. She took sick with pneumonia last January and has been a great sufferer every since, until death relieved her. She bore her sickness with patience and had a desire to depart from this world. In April 1879, she united with the Swiss Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member until the end. On Sept. 23, 1880, she was married to Isaac C. Sommers who died Apr. 14, 1905. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters, 1 daughter preceding her. On May 26, 1910, she was again married to Levi P. Gerber. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 1 sister, 14 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives. She was a devoted mother, of a loving disposition, always ready to lend a helping hand, winning the friendship of all with whom she came in contact. Funeral services Aug. 3, 1921, conducted by C. N. Amstutz, J. Nussbaum, and Ira Buckwalter.

Guth - Clarence E. Guth, son of John and Barbara Guth, was born Apr. 20, 1894, near Washington Ill.; died June 1, 1920, enjoying the best of health doing his chores in the evening when suddenly and without a moment s warning was struck by a bolt of lightning and instantly called away from all earthly ties and responsibilities to be with his Lord. At thirteen years of age he accepted Christ as his person Savior and was received into the church by baptism May 26, 1907. On Sept. 14, 1916, he united in marriage with Emma Reeser of Eureka, Ill. This union was blessed with two children (Mary Lee and the little infant son Sherwin Clayton). He leaves to mourn his beloved wife and dear little children, father, mother, 2 brothers (Roy and Arthur) and l sister (Louella). One brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. His age was 27 y. 1 m. 11 d. Therefore, be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the East Mennonite Church near Washington, Ill., conducted by Allan Miller of Pekin and J. J. Kennel. Burial in Glendale cemetery.

We miss thee from our home dear father
We miss thee from thy place
A shadow o 'er our life is cast
We miss the sunshine of thy face.

Kanagy - On Oct. 15, 1903, Vernon E. Kanagy come to bless the home of Jacob and Lydia Kanagy. On Aug. 5, 1921, it pleased the heavenly Father, who doeth all things well, to call him to the heavenly home; Vernon was aged 17 y. 9 m. 20 d. All thru his childhood and youth he brought sunshine and comfort to his parents. He always took an active interest in the home, willing to share any labors and responsibilities that would lighten the burdens for those he loved. On May 10 he developed scarlet fever which, though not considered serious at the time, left him in a weakened condition from which he never fully recovered. Recently he went to Magnetic Springs for several weeks with the hope of regaining normal health. He returned apparently much better, however, only for a short time. On July 25 they again noticed that he was failing and on Tuesday of the last week he became seriously ill. While from childhood Vernon was always a bright, cheerful, and obedient boy, the greatest event of his life occurred, when at the tender age of ten years he gave his heart to the Master, whom he loved and served faithfully to the end. He was a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. Although he always enjoyed his Christian life, his last few days on earth were to him most precious. He very much appreciated the visits of his pastor and Sunday school teacher, enjoyed having prayer with them, also prayed for himself and expressed how much it meant to him; asked forgiveness of his parents for any wrongs he may have done them, and expressed a keen satisfaction in the knowledge that Jesus forgives all our sins. His parting message given to his Sunday school teacher for his Sunday school class was, Tell them all to meet me in heaven. Funeral services were held at South Union Church on Sunday afternoon, in charge of S. E. Allgyer, assisted by A. I. And C. Z. Yoder. The attendance was very large expressing the high esteem in which he was held, and sympathy for the bereaved parents.

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